Stradivarius won the Goodwood Cup for a second successive year at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday to remain on course to secure the WH Stayers’ Million £1million bonus.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old was the favourite going into the race, having already won the Yorkshire Cup at York before his victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
And despite Irish raider Torcedor taking three lengths out of the field, Andrea Atzeni guided Stradivarius into the lead with a furlong remaining and sealed a victory by half a length.
Atzeni, who was handed the reins for the race in the absence of suspended regular jockey Frankie Dettori, hailed the improvement of Stradivarius in the space of 12 months, while Gosden confirmed that he will now target the Lonsdale Cup back at York next month to try and land the inaugural WH Stayers’ Million.
He told ITV Sport: “That (Lonsdale Cup) would be the obvious choice, I’m sure they’ve got it very well insured!
“We’ll have to do everything we can to try to win it. We’ll see how the horse is, there’s three and a bit weeks, which should hopefully be fine, and he was conscious of not giving him a hard race in the last part, he was already thinking ahead.”
Meanwhile, Dettori will be looking to make up for missing the first two days of the Goodwood meeting on Thursday as he prepares for four rides.
His headline outing comes in the Nassau Stakes and he is 11/4 with Betfred to secure a victory in the Group 1 race on board Veracious.
Odds subject to change.