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Stradivarius has developed into the best stayer around and is on course to land his connections a £1 million bonus offered by Weatherbys Hamilton before the summer is out.
Tenacious wins in the Gold Cup, at Ascot, and Qatar Goodwood Cup, which followed a smooth success in the Mansionbet Yorkshire Cup, means he will land the seven-figure should he land another QIPCO British Champions Series races – the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York in late August.
“He’s a proper little staying horse that we call Mighty Mouse because he’s not very big – he looks a bit like a mini Trigger with his four white feet, but he is a gorgeous horse,” Gosden said after the Gold Cup. “He’s done it really, really well, and loves this ground as he can flick off it and quicken well.”
And after he had followed up at Goodwood, Gosden added: “They have long criticised chestnut horses with four white socks and a white face, or at least they did until The Minstrel came along in the 1970s and won Derbys and King Georges, and this horse is the same. He has a lot of heart and Andrea said he had the race under control in the last half a furlong.
And to think some considered him a party pooper in 2017 because he was the horse who prevented Big OrangeQatar Goodwood Cup.
In receipt of 13lb, Stradivarius kept on strongly to master one of the best stayers we have seen in recent years.
“Full marks to the horse and owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen, who has put an awful lot into this game to get nice moments such as this, which don’t come along very often,” Gosden had said afterwards.
Andrea Atzeni, his jockey, said: “He was getting a lot of weight off Big Orange and is still improving. I don’t think he knows how good he is – he’s a little immature and still learning. He’ll be better next year. He doesn’t know he’s a racehorse.”
Regardless of the fact he was on a learning curve, Stradivarius ran two more crackers before the year was out. On his next start when beaten half a length in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster behind Capri and Crystal Ocean, and then he finished a length third to Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup on QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot.
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