Since finishing a close third in last year's Derby on what was only his third career start, Cracksman has developed into Europe's highest-rated middle-distance horse and signed off 2017 with an emphatic victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October .
He made a flying start to his four-year-old campaign with an awesome display in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp last month .
Aidan O'Brien, a record eight-time winner of the Coronation Cup, has four acceptors, headed by Idaho and Cliffs of Moher. Both have victories to their credit this term .
Hydrangea and Yucatan are the Ballydoyle's two other remaining entries .
Andre Fabre has left in Cloth Of Stars and Waldgeist as he seeks a seventh Coronation Cup triumph .
Markus Klug reports Windstoss on course to try to become the second German-trained winner after Boreal in 2002.
” He was third on his first start of the year, but was carrying a penalty for his Group One wins and wasn't 100 per cent fit for his seasonal return. He has come out of that race well and has improved for the run . ” Windstoss won the German Derby and the Preis Von Europa last season, but I am sure that he will be a better four-year-old . ” He has won on good ground and in soft conditions, so the ground should not be too important for him, apart from if it is very quick . ” We know that the Coronation Cup will be a very difficult race, but I think that we will give it a go .”
Completing the listing of acceptors are last year's third Hawkbill, Poet's Word, Barsanti, Red Galileo and Salouen .
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