Op­pen­heimer: Just to run is a relief

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OWNER An­thony Op­pen­heimer has de­scribed Cracks­man’s sea­son as ‘dif­fi­cult’ as the Frankel colt bids to em­u­late his sire with a sec­ond win on Qipco Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Day.

Op­pen­heimer said: “It’s just a relief to be able to run him, it’s been a dif­fi­cult year.

“I re­ally wanted to see him in the King George, but he couldn’t run be­cause it was too fast and a few years ear­lier Golden Horn couldn’t run it be­cause it was too soft, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary in mid­sum­mer."

Cracks­man also missed the Jud­dmonte In­ter­na­tional, Ir­ish Cham­pion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe due to the fast ground.

“It was the right de­ci­sion not to run him in the Arc. Most of the jock­eys de­scribed it as very fast ground and one or two horses broke down,” said Op­pen­heimer.

“I would have liked to have seen him take on Roar­ing Lion but I sup­pose on soft ground it wouldn’t have been fair on him as he doesn’t like it, but we’ve still got some op­po­si­tion – Crys­tal Ocean is very smart.”

Gos­den has put blink­ers on Crack­man be­liev­ing his mind was not fully on the job at Royal As­cot when he fin­ished sec­ond in a Prince of Wales.

Gos­den said: “He wasn’t quite men­tally with us that day, that’s for sure.”

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