• The John Gosden-trained favourite was an easy winner
• Italian jockey wins first Champion Stakes at Ascot
Cracksman lived up to the hype with a stunning display in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Plenty was written and said about connections deciding to skip the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and shunning a clash with John Gosden-trained stablemate Enable, who eventually won in great style. And while the decision to drop back to 10 furlongs did not look sure to suit the son of Frankel, he absolutely blitzed a classy field.