WITH British Champions Day upon us, there has been much discussion about the combatants, and one horse who has had more than his share of column inches this year has been 2017 Champion Stakes winner Cracksman, a devastating seven-length winner of the 10-furlong contest last year.

Much was expected of him this season, with everyone looking forward to a much-vaunted clash with stablemate Enable, but the best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley, as they say down the pub, and that meeting has never materialised for various reasons.