Racing

Stradivarius’ historic fourth Goodwood Cup

Gosden-trained horse will meet fellow star Enable in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer John Gosden recorded their second piece of racing history in a matter of days as Stradivarius won a fourth Goodwood Cup on Tuesday, the opening day of England's Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Dettori looked in trouble halfway down the straight of the Group 1 contest as he was blocked by a wall of four horses.

But the 49-year-old Italian managed to get Stradivarius out of trouble and to target the front-running Nayef Road and Irish Derby winner Santiago.

Once Dettori got past Santiago and Nayef Road, he and the three-time Ascot Gold Cup champion were not to be denied.

Stradivarius' record run comes after super mare Enable won a historic third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

"What a horse," exclaimed Dettori, who was winning it for joint record fifth time. "He was giving away over two stones to Santiago and made light of it.

"Everyone was racing to beat him and yet he still gets out and wins. He is an amazing horse.

"Enable on Saturday, Stradivarius today - it is the stuff of dreams."

The two Gosden stable stars look set to meet in Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct 4, as Stradivarius owner, Bjorn Nielsen, wants to have a tilt at that race.

Enable will be bidding to become the first horse to win the race for a third time. - AFP

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