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Wednesday 25th October 2017

Oppenheimer Wants Enable Clash

Cracksman's owner Anthony Oppenheimer is already targeting a clash with fellow John Gosden-trained filly Enable next season on the back of his charge winning the Qipco Champion Stakes.

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A colt by the great Frankel , Cracksman made light of the drop back in distance to a mile-and-a-quarter as he routed a strong field to win the British Champions Day Group One by seven lengths.

It was a display that left his trainer somewhat taken aback, but also very excited about what might be in store next term.

For now, Cracksman is set to wind down for the winter, with the owner effectively confirming the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar is off the radar.

"I think we were all a little bit stunned by his performance on Saturday, to be honest. To see him win by the distance he did was a surprise," said Oppenheimer.

"It's hugely exciting. We know he stays a mile-and-a-half well and coming back to the mile-and-a-quarter was a little bit of a worry.

"He's come out of the race incredibly well. It's a bit frightening, actually. I think he'll just wind down gently now and we'll look forward to next year."

Highland Reel, third to Cracksman in the Champion Stakes, is 2/1 to retain his crown in the Breeders' Cup Turf, while last year's fourth Ulysses is 2/1 to strike having skipped Ascot.

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Oppenheimer is training his sights on a clash with Enable in 2018, although he insists there are no regrets about the decision to sidestep a clash with the filly in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe earlier this month.

Enable ran out a hugely impressive winner at Chantilly and Oppenheimer likes the notion of taking her on next season.

"If we hadn't won the Arc a couple of years ago with Golden Horn, maybe Cracksman would have taken on Enable at Chantilly, but we felt that could wait for another day," he added.

"We knew Enable had worked seriously well before the Arc and we felt missing the race this year was the right decision for our horse.

"Let's hope both horses stay safe and sound and they can maybe meet in the King George or the Arc next year on genuine good ground. That would be something to look forward to."

Cracksman is 4/1 to win the 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, while Enable is 3/1 to retain her crown when the race returns to Longchamp.

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