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Strad ready for three in a row

Star stayer Stradivarius is looking to become just the second triple winner of the Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup as his entry into Glorious has been confirmed.


The John Gosden horse won the 2017 and 2018 edition of the historic two -mile contest and is now looking to repeat the trick to match the great Double Trigger (1995, 1997, 1998).


Stradivarius cemented his standing as Europe’s top stayer with another thrilling display in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, defeating main rival Dee Ex Bee (Mark Johnston) and Irish challenger Master Of Reality (Joseph O’Brien IRE) in commanding fashion.


That was five-year-old’s second victory in the two-and-a-half-mile highlight, and his seventh win on the bounce.


Dee Ex Bee, the 2018 Investec Derby runner-up, is one of 30 entries alongside Stradivarius for the feature race of the first day of Goodwood (July 30) and connections have not given up hope of him beating the star mount.


Dee Ex Bee’s trainer Mark Johnston has an excellent record in the Goodwood Cup, winning the race five times with Double Trigger, Royal Rebel (2000) and Darasim (2004).


The highlight of the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, August 3, is the £250,000 Unibet Stewards’ Cup, the historic six-furlong handicap.


Unibet’s 10/1 favourite is the four-year-old Flavius Titus (Roger Varian), who has impressed in winning two of his starts in 2019.


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