|Group 2, Doncaster 14:40
2m 2f, Class 1
1 Stradivarius 4/11F
2 Alerta Roja 16/1
3 Nayef Road 10/1
6 ran NR: Trueshan Distances: 2½l, 4l, 3¼l
Time: 3m 53.02s (slow by 0.92s)
Another stunning performance by Stradivarius (Sea The Stars) and @FrankieDettori in the Doncaster Cup (Group 2) @DoncasterRaces for John and Thady Gosdenpic.twitter.com/WUlT8H2ol2https://t.co/M1NgIIbkp1 via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) September 10, 2021
Stradivarius claimed his 17th Group victory - and second Doncaster Cup - with a smooth success under Frankie Dettori.
The jockey spent much of the home straight looking over his shoulder for non-existant dangers before finally asking him to claim the hard-ridden leaders.
He did so passing the two furlong marker and was merely kept up to his work to beat Alerta Roja by two-and-a-half lengths.
The 4/11 favourite was providing John and Thady Gosden with their 100th winner of the year.
Gosden said: “He’s a wonderful horse. He’s been great at home. He’s enjoyed all his training. He loves his racing and likes coming racing.
“He’s a phenomenon.
“I had no qualms about coming here. He senses a horse coming to him and plays cat and mouse with them now.
“I couldn’t have been more thrilled with him. I’m sorry the other horse (Trueshan) didn’t run but maybe we’ll meet one day.
“He’s had a great season. He’s won three out of four. Frankie’s ride in the Gold Cup wasn’t his greatest. The winner was mighty impressive and the sad thing for me in the year is that we couldn’t run at Goodwood, because he adores Goodwood.
“His enthusiasm is there 100 per cent and I can assure everyone who loves him, the moment it’s not there he will be retired. Until that day comes, which he will tell us, he will race.”
Gosden is now considering the autumn options in France and Britain for Stradivarius.
He said: “There are two races in the autumn – the Cadran and Ascot (Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup). Ascot last year was heavy and he hated it. Those are the options. It will be one not both.
“He’ll go on summer soft but not when it goes autumn deep. He cannot take it. It was a mistake to run him in it last year and in the Arc.
“He lives a bit on the edge. He lets us know what he wants. I’ve always adored stayers and to train him is a dream come true.”
Dettori added: “That was great. It’s probably the easiest race he’s had since last year when he was here.
“He made it look easy again. He still loves his racing.”
(British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£110,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m 2f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 (5) Stradivarius 7 9-8 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 4/11F
2 (3) 2½ Alerta Roja 3 8-4 Sir Mark Prescott Bt Luke Morris 16/1
3 (1) 4 Nayef Road 5 9-5 Mark Johnston Andrea Atzeni 10/1
4 (7) 3¼ Rodrigo Diaz 4 9-5 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 11/2
5 (6) ¾ Eagles By Day 5 9-5 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 40/1
6 (2) 1¼ The Grand Visir 7 9-5 Ian Williams Richard Kingscote 22/1
NR 1 (4) 11-261 Trueshan 5 9-10 Alan King NON RUNNER
Year Horse Trainer Jockey Owner SP
2020 Spanish Mission
2019 Thomas Hobson
2018 Thomas Hobson
2017 Desert Skyline
2016 Sheikhzayedroad D M Simcock Martin Harley Mohammed Jaber 10/3
2014 Estimate Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore The Queen 11/8 fav
2013 Times Up Ed Dunlop Ryan Moore Mrs I Stewart & M Meacock 3/1
2012 Times Up John Dunlop Eddie Ahern Mrs I Stewart & M Meacock 5/1
2011 Saddler’s Rock John Oxx IRE Niall McCullagh Michael O’Flynn 11/2
2010 Samuel John Gosden William Buick Normandie Stud Ltd 5/1
2009 Askar Tau Marcus Tregoning Ryan Moore Nurlan Bizakov 5/2
2008 Honolulu Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 15/8 fav
2007 Septimus Aidan O'Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 11/10 fav
2006 Sergeant Cecil Rod Millman Frankie Dettori Terry Cooper Evens fav
2005 Millenary John Dunlop Richard Quinn Neil Jones 11/4
2004 DH Kasthari Howard Johnson Johnny Murtagh Elliott Bros 14/1
DH Millenary John Dunlop Richard Quinn Neil Jones 7/1
2003 Persian Punch David Elsworth Martin Dwyer Jeff Smith 3/1
2002 Boreas Luca Cumani Jamie Spencer Aston House Stud 7/2
2001 Alleluia Sir Mark Prescott Jamie Mackay Sonia Rogers 14/1
2000 Enzeli John Oxx IRE Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 15/2
1999 Far Cry Martin Pipe Kevin Darley Nicky Chambers 6/1