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By Daithi Harvey

The G1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on Apr. 29 is the likely target for Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) to make his eagerly awaited seasonal debut. The G1 Sheema Classic at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night had been considered by connections as a potential starting point but Cracksman’s owner Anthony Oppenheimer confirmed the French race to be the preferred option on Monday. “I think the Dubai race just comes a little bit early in the year, this horse will have a long programme, if he completes it,” he said. “It’s a long way out to Dubai and to take him out there, have him 100 per cent ready for that, it makes it an awfully long season.” Cracksman brought the curtain down on his 3-year-old season with a stunning seven length victory in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. at Ascot last October. The John Gosden trained colt will begin the season rated 130 which puts him just two pounds behind the world’s top rated horse Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) and two pounds ahead of his brilliant stable-mate Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}). Having raced only seven times Cracksman has definite scope for further improvement and his owner/breeder added, “I’ve seen the horse today and he looks wonderful, but the Prix Ganay seems to be the most sensible race to go for.”

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