The star of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October, Cracksman, could be heading back to Berkshire for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July. 

The son of Frankel was a success in 2017, winning big races at Ascot, York, Epsom and also in France, and now will step up to face the best Europe has to offer this summer.

A racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Tuesday was the first sighting of the four-year-old this year and trainer John Gosden is keen to get going with his stable star. 

“He has obviously grown a lot,” Gosden told Racing UK. 

“He as more like a 14-year-old kid going in to Epsom and Irish Derby but he ran well in everything.
“But he then had that time in the summer and to me now he is like a 24-year-old. (Longchamp) is the hope at the moment if the French let us over, if not we will be here for the Jockey Club at Newmarket.

“The owner agrees with me, the horse will tell you when he is ready. That is why we took a nice little holiday after the Irish Derby we will do what is right by the horse.

“If he comes through the year happy, obviously the Arc at the redesigned Lonchamp would be a target as well as the wonderful races on the way like the King George.

“As long as the horse is happy and well there is no reason why we can’t attack those races.”

Another star of 2017 who could have the King George as a target is the 2017 winner Enable, also ridden by Frankie Dettori – a battle the world would relish at Ascot.

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