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The mighty Frankel won a record nine QIPCO British Champions Series races before being retired at the end of the 2012 season.
There will never be another like him but supreme stayer Stradivarius has gone two better than him and chalked up a remarkable 13 Series wins.
Stradivarius’s Series triumphs comprise four Al Shaqab Goodwood Cups, three Gold Cups at Royal Ascot, two Yorkshire Cups, two Lonsdale Cups, a QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup and a Doncaster Cup. His exploits have won his connections about £2.5 million in prize money – plus another £2 million in bonuses offered by Weatherbys Hamilton via their Stayers Million initiative.
Stradivarius became the first horse since Yeats to win back-to-back renewals of the Gold Cup in June 2019, and went a step closer to emulating that horses achievements with his third successive win in 2020.
Successive wins in the Mansionbet Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup, Qatar Goodwood Cup and Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup – all QIPCO British Champions Series races – earned them two consecutive £1 million bonus offered for by Weatherbys Hamilton.
The legend that is Frankie Dettori has partnered Stradivarius in most of his races, and alongside Enable have become two horses that can be seen to visibly move the multiple Group 1-winning jockey.
2020 has arguably been Stradivarius’s best year to date. The season began with a pipe-opener in the Hursworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup, a shorter than ideal trip at 1m 4f, before a demolition of his rivals in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. That race was followed by a return to Glorious Goodwood to secure a record-breaking fourth Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.
It would appear his Series wins will be put on hold for the time-being as connections map a path to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over in France.