Oppenheimer: Just to run is a relief
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.”