John Gosden was in upbeat mood having watched Derby favourite Cracksman go through his paces at Epsom’s annual Breakfast with the Stars morning ahead of the premier British Classic.
The Derby on June 3 is a little more than a week away and Cracksman is the 7/2 ante-post favourite to give Gosden a second win in three years.
Golden Horn, who was also owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and ridden by Frankie Dettori, followed the same path in going to Epsom ahead of the Derby for the big media morning.
Cracksman has already got winning form on the Downs, landing a Derby Trial last month from subsequent Dante winner Permian, who is 14/1 for the Classic following his impressive York success.
Gosden only decided to come to the Epsom event after abandoning plans to run Cracksman in last week’s Dante and he felt it was the right call not to run on soft ground so close to his key target.
“He ran round here (in April) and he ran well. He got pocketed in and he picked up nicely against a horse that was fit and streetwise and he’s come on a lot for it,” said the trainer.
“I didn’t fancy running him 16 days out in the Dante in testing conditions. The result was positive from our point of view though, I was happy with how this morning went and he’s full of himself down at the stables.”
Cracksman was supplemented for the Derby in April and his handler, seeking to win the great race for a third time with Benny The Dip having also triumphed in 1997, suggested he wasn’t tilting at windmills when forking out that fee.
“I think the mile-and-a-half will be right up his alley and we didn’t supplement him for fun in April,” Gosden added.
Having ended his long frustrating bid for Derby success on board Authorized in 2007, Dettori was thrilled with Golden Horn’s win two years ago. The Italian felt the piece of work Cracksman did was very similar to how he’d prepped that runner during his Breakfast with the Stars appearance.
“He was good, he did a bit of routine stuff, just like we did with Golden Horn, he just started at the mile and we just went round Tattenham Corner and then pulled up at the furlong marker,” said Dettori.
“If I passed the winning post at snail’s pace, it was because I was already pulling up.”
Craven winner Eminent was also present for trainer Martyn Meade and he is 15/2 to put a disappointing 2,000 Guineas run behind him by winning the Derby next weekend.
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