Possible Derby Crack for Frankel hope at Newmarket
Last Updated: 20/10/16 3:05pm
All of the news from Wednesday afternoon's meeting at Newmarket as another Frankel won for John Gosden.
Cracksman become the latest colt sired by Frankel to receive a quote for the Investec Derby when completing a double for trainer John Gosden at Newmarket with victory in the Breeders Supporting Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.
With the likes of Atty Persse, Frankuus and the Anthony Oppenheimer-owned colt's stablemate Seven Heavens among the Frankel offspring already in the ante-post market for the Epsom showpiece, Cracksman added his name the list after a debut win in the mile prize.
Although being eyeballed late on by fellow newcomer Wild Tempest, the 9-2 winner showed his appetite for a battle to forge on and take the spoils by a length and a quarter.
He was introduced at 33-1 for the Derby by both Paddy Power and Bet Victor, with RaceBets going 40-1.
Gosden said: "He's next year's horse and that's it for this season.
"He's a grand horse and has done nothing but grow. He's still very unfurnished.
"He found himself in front too soon, but luckily he still won as he had the rail to run with.
"We'll go straight up to a mile and a quarter and that is where his strengths will lie. He gives me the feeling he's more of a mile-and-a-quarter horse and we could see him going for a nice conditions race at Newbury in the spring."
While a tilt at the 2000 Guineas looks to be off the agenda for Dreamfield, a trip to Royal Ascot is very much on the cards following his victory in the AR Legal Houghton Conditions Stakes.
Although being forced to pull out all the stops to follow up his debut win at Nottingham the 2-5 favourite received a quote of 20-1 for next year's Commonwealth Cup with Paddy Power.
He did just enough to land the seven-furlong event, which Gosden took 12 months ago with Hayadh, when denying Top Score by short head.
Gosden said: "James (Doyle) said after he won Nottingham over six that he felt he was a sprinter so we thought we'd run him over seven to see.
"It was quite testing and he'd done enough. He got left alone in front a long time.
"We will go for the Pavilion Stakes and then the Commonwealth Cup, rather than the Greenham. It's much better knowing now what to train him for."
White Chocolate put her previous experience to good use to end the campaign on a winning note in the opening division of the discovernewmarket.co.uk Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Having been beaten over a mile on her debut at Newcastle 12 days ago, the 7-2 favourite went one better on her drop back to seven furlongs.
Travelling well into the race on the outside of the field, the David Simcock-trained daughter of Mastercraftsman was forced to knuckle down before getting the better of newcomer Curlew River late on by a head.
Simcock said: "She is an honest filly and we made a plan three weeks ago to take a run then come for this race.
"It was pretty obvious at Newcastle that she needed the mile and coming back here she just about got away with it.
"She galloped all the way to the line and probably found this trip on the sharp side. She should be a fun filly next year when we step her up to 10 furlongs."
Medicean Ballet left behind a modest effort at Salisbury last time out when landing the second division.
One of only three runners in the field with previous experience, the Henry Candy-trained two-year-old wore down her rivals late on to open her account at the third time of asking. Coming with a strong run close to the far rail, the 6/1 shot found plenty for pressure to get up inside the closing stages, obliging by a mile and a quarter from Sulafah.
Candy said: "She is a very slow learner and is just so laid back. It has taken her a couple of runs to get the message.
"We always liked her, but she has not been able to transfer it on to the racecourse so far. On that basis there might be a little bit more to come. A mile will be no problem.
"She is probably the most untypical breeze-up horse I've had, as they normally are so wound up they take a year to wind down."
Steve Drowne gained just his third winner at the Rowley Mile since 2012 when steering Tap Tap Boom to victory in the Newmarket Equine Security Nursery Handicap.
Although parting company with the Epsom maiden winner after the race when he over-reached and stumbled, the pair crossed the line intact as the George Baker-trained two-year-old gained a second success of his career.
Despite being more exposed than most of his rivals the 9/1 winner picked up well on the climb to the line to deny Texas Katie by half a length. It was the second meeting in succession that Drowne had been in the wars after being given a black eye by a horse throwing its head back at Yarmouth yesterday.
Drowne said: "He is a great horse and is so game. He loves this ground, although it was probably not soft enough. Hopefully he will win again."
Cape Byron (3/1) built upon an impressive debut to earn Classic quotes for next season with victory in the newmarketracecourses.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
Having finished second at Leicester on his debut last week the son of Shamardal took the necessary step forward to strike on his second outing in the seven-furlong prize.
Taking on a number of rivals with Classic entries next season, Andrea Atzeni's mount quickened up well when asked the question to claim victory by two and a half lengths.
Varian said: "He ran really well last week and we turned him round quickly as he took that race so well. He has got a great constitution this horse. We were not worried about running him that quick. He will be put away for the winter.
"Possibly he could go for a Guineas trial. We are not ruling that out. He was impressive today but I don't know how strong the race was."
He added: "I liked how he travelled and quickened. I was a little bit worried about the ground and I would sooner the rain not have come, but he will probably go through any ground."
Dreamfield just held Top Score in a one-two for owners Godolphin in the AR Legal Houghton Conditions Stakes.
The John Gosden-trained colt, who had made a winning debut at Nottingham two weeks earlier, was soon in front after Top Score had been well away from the stalls.
Dreamfield, sent off the 2/5 favourite, ran quite free and was challenged by Top Score on one side and Sincil Bank on the other. He just had enough in the tank to hold Top Score by a short head.
Gosden said: "James said after he won Nottingham over six that he felt he was a sprinter so we thought we'd run him over seven to see.
"It was quite testing and he'd done enough. He got left alone in front a long time."
Looking to next season, Gosden added: "We will go for the Pavilion Stakes and then the Commonwealth Cup rather than the Greenham.
"It's much better knowing now what to train him for. I liked the way he stuck his head out and he's done nothing wrong."