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Stradivarius Poised for More Gr1 Glory
Top-class stayer Stradivarius (Sea The Stars-Private Life, by Bering) will bid to defend his title in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup (3200m) on the opening day of the Glorious Goodwood racing carnival in the UK tonight. Stradivarius, who is unbeaten this campaign after wins in the Gr2 Yorkshire Cup and Gr1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, will also bid to become the first horse since Yeats in 2008 to claim the Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup in the same season. "He won it last year on the first day and has done nothing but please us since he won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot," trainer John Gosden told Sky Sports. "Going into these Cup races takes a lot out of horses, but he has had a nice gap between Ascot and Goodwood and I think that will help him in every way." Stradivarius's main danger would appear to be the Jessica Harrington-trained Torcedor, who finished third to him in the Gold Cup. Torcedor is owned by New Zealand’s Te Akau Racing and races in the outfit's familiar orange and blue silks. Colm O'Donoghue, rider of Torcedor, commented: "Our horse seems in great form. He came out of Ascot well and his last piece of work before going over was very good," he said. "I think the track will suit, he and Stradivarius are racing off level weights and there was only a length between them at Royal Ascot. I think it will be a good fight between the two of them again." Bookmakers have Stradivarius at 4-7 for the Goodwood Cup.