$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

The bookmakers had the Coronation Cup at Epsom as a one horse race but no one had told Silvestre De Souza and he almost created a mighty upset on board the outsider Salouen, only yielding late on to the Frankie Dettori ridden hot favourite Cracksman.

Dettori never looked particularly happy through the race and as Salouen and Sheema Classic winner Hawkbill set sail for home as they entered the home straight Cracksman appeared to have plemty or work to do. But work he did and with a furlong to go he’d passed Hawkbill but with Salouen and De Souza showing no signs of stopping Dettori decided to switch his horse to the stands rail, a move that had proven advantageous to jockeys in the preceding race and a move that would be mirrored later in the afternoon in the Oaks.

Once Cracksman got onto that golden highway on the rail and met the rising ground in that final half furlong he started to really pick up and got there just in time to deny trainer Sylvester Kirk a famous upset.

Trainer John Gosden was relieved after the race. “I’m pleased he showed a lot of courage to get the job done, as that’s always the test of a good horse. I was looking forward to the last 50 yards as I knew he’d put a kick in,” said Gosden.

Asked whether the switch to the rail had been a decisive, race-winning move Dettori simply said “yep”. He then added that his horse “hates running downhill and when he had to pick up the bridle and bridge the gap he couldn’t…..It was only on the flattest part of the track that his class pulled him through.”

The probable next target for Cracksman, who has all the season’s major middle distance races in his sights, is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. After that he is likely to be back at Ascot for the King George with an end of season finale in the Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp firmly on the cards.

Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Get $150 in Racing Bonus Bets when you join and deposit $50!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Barest of margins could cost punter $130,000

A punter with the TAB will be hoping Galaxy Raider gets beaten at Ascot on Saturday otherwise a photo finish...

Controversial horse makes a name for himself

An unheralded Australian racehorse who figured in a spring controversy because of his name may yet leave his own mark...

Winx used as distraction in doping scandal

Stablehand Greg Nelligan “foolishly” thought he would get away with giving a horse an illegal top-up when champion Winx was...

Mornington trainer banned over a dead filly

Mornington trainer Shane Bottomley has been suspended and fined over the disposal of a dead horse. Bottomley faced the Racing...

Bookies not risking Winx

After winning her fourth-straight Cox Plate last October, Winx will aim to extend another impressive feature race winning streak in...

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.