Champion Stakes hero Cracksman being readied for shot at Sheema Classic

Cracksman could have a earlier than anticipated start to his four-year-old career after being entered in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

John Gosden's colt, who gave Frankel his first European Group 1 winner as a sire when landing the Champion Stakes in October, has been cantering on Warren Hill in Newmarket for the past ten days as a prelude to a possible tilt at the $6 million prize.

Gosden has won the 1m4f contest twice before, most recently with Jack Hobbs a year ago, and the presence of the third top-rated horse in the world would give the turf contest a further boost.

Originally Cracksman was thought to be in line for the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, for which he is 4-1 market leader with Paddy Power.

Prior to his runaway Champion Stakes success, Cracksman was third in the Derby and second in the Irish equivalent before returning in the autumn to win the Group 2 Great Voltigeur at York and the Group 2 Prix Niel at Chantilly in devastating style.

Betfair Sportsbook on Tuesday installed Cracksman at 13-8 for the Sheema Classic.