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Stradivarius on course to defend title on Champions Day

7 Sep 2019

John Gosden says his staying star has been in tremendous form since tlatest win at York.

Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori combine to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at
York last month.Pic Steven Cargill /

Stradivarius is on course to defend his QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup title at Ascot next month.

Trainer John Gosden says his star stayer will line up in the Group Two contest on October 19 provided ground is not too deep.

The son of Sea The Stars secured a second Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus last time out when adding to victories in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup in the Lonsdale Cup at York.

Gosden said: “I would think that Champions Day is quite likely. If we got a lot of rain and it did go heavy, that would be the one thing that would probably stop us running.

“He has got a great action and he is probably happiest on top of the ground. He handled the good to soft and softish ground, but I would be worried about heavy ground.

Having seen Stradivarius extend his winning sequence to nine on the Knavesmire on his most recent start, Gosden reports the talented stayer to have come out of the race in good shape.

Gosden added: “He is in tremendous form since the race. He is bucking and playing away and having a shout which he likes to do.

“He always lets you know when he is around. For a little guy he makes a lot of noise.”

Looking beyond Qipco British Champions’ Day, the Newmarket handler insists a decision whether Stradivarius stays in training next year will be made by his owner Bjorn Nielsen.

Gosden added: “It is very much up to Mr Nielsen whether he wants to keep him in training next year and I will leave that entirely to him. The horse is vociferous to let us know what he thinks.”