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Cracksman unfancied for Champion Stakes repeat

The culmination of another wonderful summer on the Flat comes at Ascot on Saturday afternoon, with the eighth staging of British Champions Day, already so well established on the racing calendar. Cracksman will look to sign off with a Champions Stakes repeat, while stablemate Roaring Lion bids to complete a Group One four-timer, but both […]

Phoenix to rise and Stradivarius to hit right notes

Cracksman to lead British charge at the Curragh

Anthony Oppenheimer wants his Cracksman to ‘fly the British flag with distinction’ in Saturday’s Irish Derby at the Curragh. The John Gosden-trained Frankel colt lost his unbeaten record earlier this month behind Wings Of Eagles in the Epsom version and will bid to overturn that form against Aidan O’Brien’s charge on his home patch. Cracksman […]

Phoenix to rise and Stradivarius to hit right notes

Johnston out to shorten ‘bucket list’ at Epsom

Mark Johnston admits that seeing Permian win the Derby at Epsom on Saturday would be one scratched off his ‘bucket list’. The Middleham-based handler is heading for the premier British Classic with a leading contender in the shape of Dante winner Permian, currently available at 11/1 in the Derby betting. Johnston has already won both […]

Phoenix to rise and Stradivarius to hit right notes