STRADIVARIUS, owned by South African born Bjorn Nielsen and trained by John Gosden, became a three-time Gr1 Gold Cup winner at Royal Ascot with arguably his most impressive performance to date.
“He’s one of the greatest stayers of the modern era, what a performance,” crooned race caller Richard Hoiles as the stocky chestnut powered home 10 clear of the runner-up, Nayef Road, in the 4000m marathon.
Held onto for as long as possible by Frankie Dettori – who was claiming his eighth victory in the great marathon race – the son of Sea The Stars simply cruised into contention on the turn in and sauntered alongside long-time leader Nayef Road, who wasn’t giving up easily for Ryan Moore.
But Stradivarius turned on the after-burners with a couple of furlongs to go and streaked clear to enter the record books in tremendous style.
“Ive never sat with so much horse under me in a Gold Cup, going through the 2f-mark,” enthused Dettori.
The big disappointment of the race was second-favourite Technician under Oisin Murphy, who tried to track Stradivarius from an early stage but was sending out the distress signals on the run to Swinley Bottom.
Betfair make Stradivarius 5/1 to emulate Yeats and win the race for a fourth time in 2021, while the same firm go 20/1 from 40/1 for this season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Pic: The Mirror.