THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS - Stradivarius Still A Force To Be Reckoned With

Published 2022/05/13

Stradivarius Still A Force To Be Reckoned With

 
 

Stradivarius | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Twenty career wins, 18 in group company. Those that wrote off Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) had to think again on Friday as Bjorn Nielsen's legendary chestnut popped up to keep his unbeaten tag on York's Knavesmire intact with a third G2 Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup. Travelling with all the gusto of his earlier days, the 6-4 favourite who was largely dogged by unsuitable ground and a dash of bad luck in 2021 sliced between younger rivals heading to two out with the crowd in raptures. Taking the measure of long-time leader Thunderous (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) soon after, he ended up towards the stands which he has come to own down the years and was clearly idling en route to a snug length success.

 

“My mouth is a bit dry–I'm emotional,” Frankie said as he prepared to parade the 8-year-old in front of the doting audience on his Yorkshire farewell. “Great. He actually surprised me, as he took me into the race very quickly. He pulls himself up in front, but I had no choice. We've changed his work and routine to keep him interested, the Gosdens are master trainers. I will miss him dearly when he's retired–I'm trying to hold back the tears.” John Gosden added, “He's totally unique. He was on his hind legs when we were saddling him and if the ground is not heavy, the plan is to go back to Ascot. The likes of Desert Orchid, they do capture the imagination because they have longevity.”