STRADIVARIUS can put himself among the staying legends of the Flat with a third straight victory in the Gold Cup (4.35pm SA time) on day three of Royal Ascot.

Only two horses in history have won the Group One feature at the Berkshire track three times. Sagaro became the first to complete the hat-trick from 1975 to 1977. Then the great Yeats rewrote the history books with a fabulous four straight victories between 2006 and 2009 and has a statue in his honour by the parade at Ascot. 

Having made a pleasing start to the new campaign when third in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket almost a fortnight ago, Stradivarius is the hot favourite to claim a Gold Cup hat-trick under Frankie Dettori.

Gosden’s superstar faces seven worthy opponents in his latest date with destiny, but he ought to be able to claim centre stage again.