John Gosden’s Cracksman heads to front of Derby market after Epsom trial success

Frankel colt Cracksman moved to second in the Derby antepost market, after unleashing a powerful turn of foot to win Epsom’s Derby trial.

John Gosden’s three-year-old found little roomat London track, but under Frankie Dettori he took full advantage of an opening gap, quickening well to finish only a neck ahead of Mark Johnston’s Periman.

He has been shortened to as low as 8-1 to take the Epsom classic, but could be seen again at York or Chester before appearing in the Derby.

It was only his second career start since winning his maiden at Newmarket last October.

In the same colours of Derby and Arc winner Golden Horn, it was Gosden’s third straight success in the race after saddling Christophermarlowe (2015) and So Di Mar (2016) to wins at Epsom.

The Derby market is still headed by Aiden O’Brien’s Dewhurst winner Churchill, who will also lead the market for the 2000 Guineas in a fortnight.

Star Performer: Leader’s Legacy

Saeed Bin Suroor’s Leader’s Legacy was an easy winner in maiden company, and could be a potential group horse in the making.

The three-year-old cost Godolphin $900,000, and backed up an encouraging Sandown debut defeating the field by four lengths.

Sired by War Front and with an American Grade Two winning dam, he could be a hugely competitive and improving sort for the Newmarket trainer.

One To Watch: Galapiat

Mark Johnston’s four-year-old followed up a dominant Leicester win, with another impressive victory in the Great Metropolitan Handicap.

Formerly with Andre Fabre in France, he has won on both starts in the UK and could be dangerous, in big handicaps throughout the season.

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