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Dettori Bullish about Cracksman
Frankie Dettori is confident that a drop in distance will not harm the prospects of Cracksman in Saturday’s Gr1 Champion Stakes at Ascot, reports Sky Sports. The highly regarded Frankel colt was last sighted winning over 2400m in the Gr2 Prix Niel at Chantilly on 10 September, but will drop to 2000m for the showpiece event on British Champions Day. In fact Cracksman has raced over a mile-and-a-half at his last four outings, which also included a win in the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and placings in the English and Irish Derbys. “I think he'll be fine over 10 furlongs, he's getting stronger and if the rain comes it will help him and disadvantage some of the others like Highland Reel and Ulysses. It will make it more of a test of stamina, so I'm praying the rain comes,” Dettori said. “I rode him this morning [Wednesday] and he's in great nick. John [Gosden] has done a brilliant programme for him this year bearing in mind we've got next year to look forward to as well.” He added: “We're going there with lots of confidence and hoping for the best.” Should he be successful on Saturday, Cracksman, who races in the same colours as owner Anthony Oppenheimer’s champion galloper Golden Horn, will become Frankel’s first Group One winner in Europe.