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Frankie jumps for joy as Strad wins

Frankie jumps for joy as Strad wins

Leading stayer Stradivarius made it a Glorious three in a row after winning for the Goodwood Cup yet again.


Jockey Frankie Dettori was jumping for joy after leading the five-year-old to victory in the two mile race at the opening day of the festival.


The 4/5 favourite soared powerfully into contention in the home straight and displayed his customary turn of foot to win eased down by a neck from the Mark Johnston-trained Dee Ex Bee (11/2) in second.


Victory means John Gosden’s horse emulates Double Trigger (1995, 1997 & 1998) by recording a third victory in the £500,000 race.


Newmarket trainer Gosden said: “Stradivarius is a gorgeous horse. He followed Cross Counter and that is proper horse. Frankie followed the right horse, pounced at the right time, timed it beautifully and then overdid the waving at the crowd.


“I was not comfortable where he was early on in the race, but from halfway I was happy with his position.


“We discussed what we thought would happen in the race and then you leave Frankie alone to decide during the race.


“Stradivarius has won his race and then our great hero started waving to the crowd. I must say that is a little dangerous because Stradivarius is a pro and when you say ‘well that’s enough’, he says ‘OK, I’ll put the brakes on’ and it was lucky Frankie didn’t go over the handle bars I thought!


“It is great to emulate Double Trigger who was a great horse of Mark Johnston’s. Stradivarius is a little street fighter and he just puts it in when he has to. That is the great thing about this horse.”


Wednesday saw another standout performer do the business in front of thousands of racegoers as Gosden’s Too Darn Hot landed Wednesday’s £1,059,250 Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes.


Owned and bred by Lord Lloyd-Webber, and set one day to become a stallion under Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley banner, the Evens favourite was nudged to victory by Dettori, who was riding his 11th G1 win of a memorable year.


The partnership beat Circus Maximus (9/2) and I Can Fly (14/1) by half a length and a length and a quarter.

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