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Staying horses have their work cut out up against the superb Stradivarius but Count Octave has twice given him plenty to think about.
In 2017, the son of Frankel led until the final strides of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot – only for Stradivarius to overhaul him and win by a neck.
It was a similar story 14 months later in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup when Count Octave gave Stradivarius a big scare, only to bow to him in the closing stages and be beaten by a length and a half.
Had Count Octave prevailed, connections of Stradivarius would have missed out on winning the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.
Anna Lisa Balding, wife of trainer Andrew, said: “He ran a fantastic race and hopefully that might get his rating up a bit and get him to Australia [Melbourne Cup].
“Oisin [Murphy] has given him a lovely ride and the horse behaved so well today as well. Sometimes he’s a little bit on it. It was a helluva run and luckily we didn’t ruin the party!”
Remarkably, Count Octave has yet to win on turf after nine attempts. His two career wins have both been achieved at Wolverhampton.
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