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Stradivarius has quickly established himself as among the best stayers around.
Some will regard him as something of a party pooper, though, because he was the horse who prevented Big Orangeduredycvextfbaezzrzbacabwe making history and winning a third successive Qatar 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,” trainer John Gosden said afterwards.
“We go to the St Leger, which is a race that I love and it is one mile and six and a half furlongs around Donnie, which is probably a similar test as it is an open galloping track whereas here is all zig zags and bends.
“I am always frightened when you take on the older horses with a three-year-old in a race like this, I thought he’d run well and I could see him in the frame but not necessarily winning. He has a good turn of foot, which is a good weapon in a two-mile race.”
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.
His return in 2018 was eagerly awaited and he did not disappoint, winning the Mansionbet Yorkshire Cup in smooth style by three lengths at York under Frankie Dettori. The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot now beckons.
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