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Cracksman cruises to victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot

Cracksman wins the Champion Stakes in scintillating style at Ascot Dettori, Gosden put on show fit for for a Queen
Cassandra Castillo | 22 October, 2018, 20:03

OISIN MURPHY believes Roaring Lion has the speed - and class - to land the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day tomorrow.

John Gosden's four-year-old colt, under Frankie Dettori, took over two furlongs out and stormed clear as the 5-6 favourite.

Another Gosden runner, Maverick Wave, set the pace with Capri and Crystal Ocean on his heels.

Crystal Ocean was second with Czech Republic representative Subway Dancer running a massive race in third place, a further three-quarters of a length away.

As always though it would be wrong to rule out Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien having a say in the matter and he runs last year's St Leger victor Capri and the Lockinge Stakes victor Rhododendron.

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"Obviously it's disappointing he can't compete in the Champion Stakes but all along we've know that while we don't have too much of a fear about him acting on soft ground, he's got too good an action to have him flying through mud".

Unsuited to the lightning-fast ground that day, owner Anthony Oppenheimer's charge has since bypassed intended engagements in the King George, Juddmonte International and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to get some respite underfoot.

"He is a hugely talented horse and he showed it again today and I'm sure he will be off to stud now".

"He's a four-year-old, turning five".

"He's an exceptional horse and every time I ride him I need to keep that in mind. He's Frankel's best son and it's good to see him back to his best".

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