Stradivarius set for Ascot Gold Cup warm-up at Newmarket

Stradivarius is aiming to win the Ascot Gold Cup for the third year running.
Stradivarius is aiming to win the Ascot Gold Cup for the third year running.

Stradivarius looks set for a warm-up run in next Friday's rearranged Coronation Cup at Newmarket, before aiming to win the Ascot Gold Cup for a third straight year a fortnight later. 

The six-year-old is the dominant figure in the staying division, scooping the £1 million Stayers' Bonus for winning the Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup for each of the last two years, and while those Cup races will likely be the target once again, his regular partner Frankie Dettori has revealed he will first take his chance in the Coronation Cup - over a mile and a half.

The Group 1 contest is traditionally run on the first day of the Epsom Derby Festival, but has been rerouted to Newmarket this year in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, and Dettori feels it's a good starting point for the horse before another tilt at longer distance races. 

He wrote in his regular column on Sporting Index: "There’s a possibility that Stradivarius will run in the Coronation Cup on the Friday. Stradivarius is full of himself, he thinks he’s a stallion and is looking really well. His main target is obviously the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, but John (Gosden) felt that a prep race before then would do him plenty of good."

Meanwhile, Dettori offered a positive update on Gosden's star mare Enable, who is aiming to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for a record third time this year;

"I’ve been going to John’s four times a week, so I’ve obviously seen a lot of Enable. I’ve not sat on her yet, but I’ll go and see her and give her a few apples, polos or whatever she fancies.

"From head to toe she looks as good as she did last season, she’s bouncing around and walking about the yard like she owns the place.

"We’ve still got some time to go before she starts racing but I’d say it’s a similar plan to last year, starting with the Eclipse at Sandown and then everything working backwards from a tilt at winning a third Arc.

"I’m so happy that Prince Khalid Abdullah has kept her in training and given her one more chance to fulfil this dream."

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