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As far as the horses are concerned, Rose Harden has had a reasonable week.
There’s an open weekend in Great Britain as all horses that have had major races are off the board.
It’s very hard to make a case against Cracksman on Saturday. He’s obviously a big horse, and that’s the question mark about him.
But he’s a tough horse, he’s proved it over further, and it’s an awkward distance, the seven furlongs, he’s never raced anything like that. I think he’s good value to win.
Getty Images – Getty 2 Disappointed on Friday but can still be a value bet this weekend
It’s a long, slow flat race and it’s going to take a brave man to go against Cracksman.
His best distance is very fast ground.
I think Enable is going to do really well to win on Saturday, she’s had a couple of weeks in a Dubai stables, and from the horse we’ve seen in training, she doesn’t look to be working like she’s going to be winning at a very slow pace.
I don’t know if she’s going to get a mile and a quarter, I think that’s going to be very difficult for her.
We have seen in previous years that Iffragal’s run in the Eclipse Stakes last season was disappointing.
That was a very fast-paced race and if she’d run like that again, I don’t think she would have got through the race.
If she hadn’t been a 10-1 shot, she’d have run out the race.
I don’t think she’s going to improve in the Arc, but she’s going to come back and she’s a beautiful mare, and I’m going to ride her in the Prix Jacques le Marois (next) in September.
She’s always been a lovely mare, and she’s not the biggest filly, but she has a lot of quality.
The “that’s racing” on Friday was it.
Peter Scudamore comments on the day’s action
I love the British Gold Cup, they always have a lot of excitement at Ascot, and you know you’re going to have a good horse on the ground when it’s so congested that they have to cut the race down, as they did this time.
Getty Images – Getty 2 The “that’s racing” on Friday was it. The British Gold Cup was a five-horse thriller
Iffragal has been an unlucky horse in this country. The reason why she won at Epsom was because she missed the run by about three or four lengths, because she only had a length and a half between herself and the next horse.
Even though she was only two lengths in front, and she won by eight lengths, they had to cut the race because it was so congested.
John Gosden has a great record in this race, and it was only at Doncaster that he lost, when Enable had to pull up because she had a virus.
He had that pedigree that he’s always had, but she just couldn’t find her rhythm over these sorts of distances.
I think she’s going to be a better all-rounder.
She has a lot more pace than Cracksman and she has a better turn of foot.
He’s got a big engine and he can gallop. She’s going to have to find that with her sprint.
I was lucky enough to ride Coronet when she won the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood in 2011.