Scape, lately admitted partner into the great Calcutta House of Fogle, Fake, and Cracksman
, in which poor Scape had embarked seventy thousand pounds, the earnings of a long and honourable life, taking Fake's place, who retired to a princely park in Sussex (the Fogles have been long out of the firm, and Sir Horace Fogle is about to be raised to the peerage as Baron Bandanna)--admitted, I say, partner into the great agency house of Fogle and Fake two years before it failed for a million and plunged half the Indian public into misery and ruin.
You'll be a fine young cracksman
afore the old file now.'
He had made quite a study of the cracksman
's craft, in a resolve to circumvent it with his own.
This person appears to have been none other that Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman
, who, with his brother, had only recently emerged from a five years' spell of penal servitude.
"Give it up - whatever it is," he said in an admonishing tone, but not so kindly as if he were condescending to give good advice to a cracksman
While he spoke he was moving about the sitting-room, which was charmingly furnished in the antique style, and making as many remarks as though he were an auctioneer's clerk with an inventory to prepare and a day to do it in, instead of a cracksman
who might be surprised in his crib at any moment.
LAURIE WILLIAMSON was spot-on in his recent letter (October 28) in saying the assessments given by rating experts to both Cracksman
and Bristol De Mai were incorrect.
Victories at the QIPCOsponsored Flat season finale for hotpots Cracksman
(5-6, Champion Stakes), Roaring Lion (2-1, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes) and Stradivarius (evens, Long Distance Cup) left the bookies battered and bruised.
Though wins for Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup all but secured a first title for Gosden since 2015, the best was arguably saved until last, with Cracksman
recording a brilliant second success in the Qipco Champion Stakes.
Gosden (below) saddles four hotpots - Stradivarius (5-6), Lah Ti Dar (11-8), Roaring Lion (2-1) and Cracksman
(5-6) - on the glittering PS4.5million card.
TODAY is Champions Day at Ascot and the feature race is the final racecourse appearance of Cracksman
(3.50) who has his optimum underfoot conditions as he bids to follow up his win in the corresponding race 12 months ago.
can end his brilliant racing career on a high by winning the Qipco Champion Stakes for the second year running at Ascot.