Stradivarius has been the undisputed king of stayers in recent seasons and will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.
We look back at 10 memorable runs from John and Thady Gosden’s star…
Goodwood Cup, Goodwood, 2017
Stradivarius really announced his presence in the remaining scene when he took full advantage of the weight allowance for three years when he defeated Gold Cup winner Big Orange at the Sussex Downs. When Stradivarius attempted two miles for the first time, he got 13 pounds from the senior champion but there was no dispute with the nature of his nearly two-length win, which marked his first hit in Group One company. He went on to set a new benchmark by winning the race four times.
With wins in the Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup under his belt, only the Lonsdale Cup in York stood between Stradivarius and a £1m bonus. Weatherby’s Hamilton had valiantly added the stimulus to the remaining division and Stradivarius would have to show plenty of guts to take home the loot, beating Count Octave by 3 pounds and a length and a half in a rough effort rather than a spectacular one.
Doncaster Cup, Doncaster, 2019
No horse had completed the Ascot-Goodwood-Doncaster Cup treble since the hugely popular Double Trigger in 1995, but Stradivarius put things right in what admittedly was anything but a vintage renewal at Town Moor. Dee Ex Bee had chased Stradivarius home three times that summer, but his late withdrawal left Gosden’s star an open goal and he clinched the stayer’s Triple Crown with minimal fuss.
Gold Cup, Royal Ascot, 2020
Stradivarius sealed his place in the enduring Hall of Fame when he became only the third horse in the illustrious history of the Gold Cup to win the Royal Ascot Feature for a third time. Stradivarius joined Sagaro and four-time winner Yeats and was absolutely spotted, prompting wild applause from the few people allowed onto the course due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Had it been a different year he would have been received like a hero, but nonetheless Stradivarius’ 10-length demolition job only demonstrated his absolute superiority over the staying trips as he sped through the field before cantering home.
Goodwood Cup, Goodwood, 2020
The lead might have been just a length, but Stradivarius showed his admirable foot rotation to turn a losing position into a fourth straight Goodwood Cup record. Once in the pocket, Stradivarius was too good for Nayef Road again and dished out a caning on Queen’s Vase and Irish Derby winner Santiago, who got £15 and was back in third place.
Stradivarius became the first horse to win the Lonsdale Cup three times – and what a race when he ousted Spanish Mission in a superb finish. Five other top stayers, including Further Flight and Persian Punch, had won the race twice – and Stradivarius showed the fire still burns brightly with a fighting display. Spanish Mission and William Buick kept him fighting all the way and at times were just ahead, only for Stradivarius, who found that little extra in the final steps to win by a head. Dettori and Stradivarius paraded in front of the packed grandstands and were greeted with an overwhelming welcome all the way back to the victors’ enclosure.
Doncaster Cup, Doncaster, 2021
With his main rival Trueshan missing out on that potential clash due to unsuitable ground, Stradivarius was the 4-11 favorite to regain his crown on Town Moor – and the result was hardly ever in doubt. Faced with a confident Dettori ride, he headed into the competition down the homestretch while the popular Italian watched for non-existent dangers as he made his way down the foremost Nayef Road. After Stradivarius got his head, he stretched out willingly – overtaking the post two-and-a-half lengths in hand over Alerta Roja and returning to an enthusiastic reception from the crowd on Town Moor just as the rain started to pour.
Yorkshire Cup, York, 2022
Coming into his seventh racing season at the ripe age of eight, many questioned the wisdom of returning for one last hurray. Stradivarius put those doubters right as he gave the perfect farewell to the Yorkshire crowd on the Knavesmire. Unbeaten in six starts at the track, he surpassed the great Ardross and won a third Yorkshire Cup. York fans cheered their hero as Dettori trotted him back past the stands in what turned out to be his last career success.
Gold Cup, Royal Ascot, 2022
So close yet so far. Stradivarius had a fourth Gold Cup win and the immortality of Ascot temptingly within reach but after having to be switched for a run Kyprios and Mojo Star were already flying and despite his typically brave finish he had to settle for third place. Frankie Dettori’s ride drew a lot of criticism, but Stadivarius couldn’t be faulted.
Goodwood Cup, Goodwood, 2022
Year-round connections had hinted that this could be the final act of a wonderful couple of years for Stradivarius, and while they left Goodwood hungry for more, as well as he was doing, it was to be the finale to an extraordinary career. After Andrea Atzeni replaced Frankie Dettori after the dispute at Ascot, the plucky eight-year-old scored briefly and it looked like we were in for a fairytale victory. However, Cyprius struck back, denying Stradivarius a triumphant farewell only at the neck.
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