THE best son of undefeated champion Frankel, Cracksman was also a European champion at both three and four, yet he stands at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud at the very attractive fee of only £17,500, just one tenth of the cost of sending a mare to Frankel.

Though Cracksman was not unbeaten, he won eight of his 11 starts, including four Group 1 events, and was second twice and third once in Group 1 races, for earnings of £2,793,063. There was strong demand for Cracksman’s first foals last autumn, with prices of up to 95,000gns at Newmarket.