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Stradivarius Creates History at Goodwood
It took until the final 100 metres before those who took the odds-on about Stradivarius could breathe easy, however the champion stayer didn't let his legion of fans down. Aiming to raise the bar as high as it’s ever been in the Gr1 Goodwood Cup (16 furlongs) with four victories to his name, the never-say-die son of Sea The Stars combined again with Frankie Dettori to claim a 1-length margin over Nayef Road (Galileo) and Santiago (Authorized). Boasting the wonderful mare Pawneese as his third dam, Stradivarius’s victory also pushed Dettori to a record-equalling five wins in the race, which he now shares with Lester Piggot and Pat Eddery. Owned by Bjorn Nielsen, the John Gosden-trained champion stayer will need every ounce of his talent if he is to take on Europe’s finest weight-for-age racehorses in November’s Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where he will have to adjust to the 2400m sustained speeed journey. Despite his herculean feats which put him in esteemed historical staying company, Stradivarius is considered unlikely to be a major future commercial drawcard at stud given his pet winning distance. Perhaps an Arc victory would change that.