Stradivarius

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Stradivarius Horse

Stradivarius is a brilliant racehorse and the outstanding stayer of his generation. He has scorched to glorious success on the track and pocketed huge riches for his owner in the process.

The flashy chestnut colt was foaled on February 28, 2014 - a son of the brilliant 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Sea The Stars out of the Bering mare Private Life.

Stradivarius has so far won two Ascot Gold Cups and scooped an incredible £1million bonus twice for connections in 2018 and 2019 by scoring in the Yorkshire Cup, the Ascot Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Stakes.

After his 2019 Lonsdale Stakes success he had notched 13 wins from 18 career starts, including success in his last 10 races dating back to May 2018.

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Racing Career to date

Everything that Stradivarius did as a two-year-old and a three-year-old turned out to be merely a warm-up for the sensational staying career that awaited him.

Trained at Newmarket by the brilliant John Gosden, Stradivarius was unsurprisingly a late two-year-old and didn’t make his debut until October 5, 2016, finishing an inauspicious 5th of 9 in a Nottingham maiden.

Another maiden defeat (4th of 10 at Newmarket behind another Gosden star Cracksman) followed before the chestnut finally got his head in front on the all-weather at Newcastle on November 7, 2016.

Stradivarius began his three-year-old campaign in handicap company, scooting to a six-length victory at Beverley before finishing second to Here And Now under Frankie Dettori at Chester.

The first move into Group company for Stradivarius came at Royal Ascot 2017 when he took the Group Two Queen’s Vase under Andrea Atzeni. Next time out he bettered that performance by shocking recent Ascot Gold Cup hero Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup.

The 2017 season ended with more respectable performances from Stradivarius as he first finished a game third behind Capri in the St Leger at Doncaster and then again filled the minor place behind Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot.

Stradivarius was expected to be a major player in all the big Cup races in 2018, but few expected what he was to produce in the coming months.

First the chestnut, sent off the 4/6 favourite, destroyed his rivals in the Yorkshire Cup at York in May. That gave him the opportunity to shoot for that £1million jackpot. It was also the first time that superstar jockey Frankie Dettori had partnered him to victory. It would not be the last.

Next up was Royal Ascot and the Gold Cup, and after being sent to post the 7/4 favourite Stradivarius showed guts as well as class under Dettori’s urgings to outpoint the French raider Vazirabad by three-quarters of a length.

Now Stradivarius was halfway to that £1million bonus and next up was the bid for a repeat victory in the Goodwood Cup at the Glorious meeting in late July. And despite the absence in the saddle of Dettori through suspension, he again produced a gutsy display for Atzeni to beat Torcedor by half a length.

Dettori had a million reasons to be back in the saddle for the Lonsdale Cup at York’s Ebor meeting on August 24, 2018, and Stradivarius didn’t disappoint. Sent off a prohibitive 4/11 favourite, he saw off Count Octave by one-and-a-half lengths to seal that staggering bonus for connections.

For the second consecutive year Stradivarius ended his season in the Long Distance Cup on Ascot’s Champions Day, and this time he came out victorious, outstaying Thomas Hobson by one-and-a-half lengths at odds of Evens. This despite Gosden almost pulling him out of the race on account of the soft ground.

At the age of only five there were high hopes Stradivarius would again be a star in 2019, and so far he has not disappointed. Again he opened his year in the Yorkshire Cup and again he reigned supreme, but despite being sent off 4/5 favourite he had to work hard to see off Aidan O’Brien with Southern France by three-quarters of a length.

So with entry for another £1million bonus bid secured, it was the opportunity to bid for a repeat Ascot Gold Cup success next. And on June 20, 2019, in front of an expectant crowd at Ascot Stradivarius again delivered.

With Dettori having already won the first three races of the afternoon, the bookmakers were running for cover as the Italian jumped on board John Gosden’s chestnut. And again he held all the aces despite being boxed in early in the short straight, delivering a killer run to cut down Mark Johnston and his Dee Ex Bee to win by a length.

Next up for Stradivarius was another tilt at the Goodwood Cup at the Sussex track on July 30, 2019. He was sent off the 4/5 favourite under Dettori and gamely outpointed the dour Dee Ex Bee by a neck.

By now Stradivarius was on the brink of another huge £1million bonus, and another victory in York's Lonsdale Cup at the Ebor meeting would cash that massive cheque.

The chestnut was sent to post a hot 4/9 favourite in a select four-runner field and travelled well for Dettori before displaying that trademark turn of foot inside the final two furlongs to take over from Dee Ex Bee and Aidan O'Brien's promising stayer Il Paradiso.

The winning margin at the line was one-and-a-quarter lengths and another £1million bonus for connections was secured. An incredible achievement by this gutsy and talented horse.

Cartier Champion Stayer Award

Unsurprisingly that huge cash prize wasn’t the only thing Stradivarius scooped in 2018. His stunning exploits saw him win the Carter Champion Stayer Award at a glittering ceremony in London’s Dorchester Hotel.

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Stradivarius Next Race

With another £1million bonus secured, Stradivarius is likely to head back to Ascot for the final race of his 2019 campaign.

The QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on Saturday, October 19 is over two miles and another big prize for connections to aim at.

Intriguingly Stradivarius also has an entry in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, October 6. At this stage that would seem an unlikely target, not least as it would pit him against brilliant stablemate Enable - herself bidding for a hat-trick of victories in Europe's greatest race.

There appears to be every chance Stradivarius will stay in training as a six-year-old in 2020 with connections mooting hat-trick bids in the Yorkshire Cup, the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup. Then a late-summer break before a tilt at the Arc could potentially be a glorious swansong for the super stayer.

Training Stradivarius

As already detailed, Stradivarius has been trained for the whole of his glittering career by brilliant handler John Gosden at his Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket.

Stradivarius has been ridden by a number of jockeys during his career, with Dettori partnering him to 6 of his 10 victories following the 2019 Ascot Gold Cup. Atzeni has steered him to success three times while Robert Tart was on board for that Beverley success in early 2017.

Rob Havlin partnered Stradivarius in two of his three starts as a juvenile while James Doyle was on board for his third-place finish in the 2017 St Leger.

Stradivarius was bred and is owned by Bjorn Nielsen, who also owns Kingsdown Stables in Lambourn.

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