Sensational Stradivarius has further cemented his place as one of the modern greats after winning a record fourth consecutive Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup. In winning the Group 1 contest he eclipsed the legendary Double Trigger’s hat-trick of wins landed in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the hot favourite though; Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius met plenty of trouble in running and for a brief period looked as if they might blocked completely from their date with destiny.
But, as the little chestnut has shown throughout his great career, he can win the hard way, using that lethal burst of speed to overcome his rivals when it matters.
Stradivarius continues to rack up incredible career statistics. He’s now won seven Group 1 races; including three Ascot Gold Cups, two Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonuses and over £2.9 million in race-related prize money.
Having carried all before him in the stayers’ division, it seems connections will opt for a different path for the rest of 2020 season. Owner Bjorn Nielsen and trainer John Gosden have confirmed he will be aimed at the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe .
In competing Stradivarius will try to emulate his father Sea The Stars by claiming one of European Flat racing’s most coveted prizes.
Worth another look, we reckon - Sea The Stars, 2009 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe...— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) October 5, 2018
John Gosden talking about Stradivarius’ future plans said, “we would like to freshen him up, give him a nice holiday and go for the Prix Foy at Longchamp in September.”
“If he runs a nice race there and handles the track and everything, then he will run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.”
“Let us hope Enable and Stradivarius are in top order [for the Arc]. Frankie will have to decide what he is riding, I probably know the answer, but that will be his decision.”