Sussex-born trainer John Gosden believes Stradivarius can make it three in a row when he lines up in the Goodwood Cup next week.
The champion stayer is aiming to make history in the opening day highlight of the festival on Tuesday, the £500,000 Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup, over two miles.
The 4/5 favourite’s biggest challenge is likely to come from Dee Ex Bee (5/1) who represents Mark Johnston, the man responsible for the only three-time winner of the Qatar race, Double Trigger (1995, 1997 & 1998)
Stradivarius has looked as good as ever in two starts this season, capturing the Group Two Yorkshire Cup at York in May before landing the Gold Cup victory at Royal Ascot last month, in which he defeated Dee Ex Bee, Master Of Reality and Cross Counter.
Speaking at a press event in Newmarket, Gosden said: “We are hopeful he can win the Goodwood Cup again, but it is going to be a tough race and there will be a lot of people aiming to make it a hard race – it is going to be exciting.
“Frankie [Dettori] and Stradivarius gel so well together – they make a great team. Stradivarius is a bit unusual for a stayer, but he is a real street fighter.
“He doesn’t do a lot when he hits the front and I felt he was playing with them a bit at Ascot. He just does what he has to do and I think that has been huge contributory factor to his success.”
Gosden, who was born in Lewes, also has Europe’s unbeaten champion two-year-old of 2018, Too Darn Hot, featuring in the £1-million G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes over a mile on Wednesday.
Following a setback in the spring and placed efforts in the G2 Dante Stakes at York, G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh and G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old registered his first victory of the campaign when dropped back to seven furlongs for the G1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville on July 7.
Gosden revealed that Frankel three-year-old filly Mehdaayih will take her chance in the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes over nearly 10 furlongs on Thursday, August 1, a race the trainer has won four times already.