Stradivaruis tuning up nicely

22 July 2021 02:23:37 GMTPlus10

Stradivarius is reportedly in good order as he gears up to try and win his fifth consecutive Goodwood Cup next Tuesday.

Bjorn Nielsen's seven-year-old, trained by John and Thady Gosden, has made the two-mile race his own since it became a Group 1 in 2017 and is set to be the star name in the feature race on the opening day of the Goodwood Festival.

He could only finish fourth last month in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot behind Subjectivist, although that rival is out for the season after suffering a leg injury.

He's been in good order since Royal Ascot.

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Stradivarius is one of 13 runners left in at the five-day stage on Wednesday, with Gold Cup third Spanish Mission also in contention.

Aidan O’Brien has left in five runners including Classic winners Serpentine and Santiago, while Trueshan is also a possible contender.

However, the most interesting name among the 13 is Sir Ron Priestley for Mark Johnston, the trainer of Subjectivist.

Sir Ron Priestley was supplemented at the cost of £25,000 and will tackle two miles for the first time, having won the Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes on his last start.

John Gosden said: "He's been in good order since Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup was a fascinating race and Subjectivist put in a superb performance.

"I'd love to have got in a race with the winner, but we never had the opportunity to get there and that's life.

"I think Frankie Dettori, having ridden him so brilliantly in previous Gold Cups, seemed to have a brainstorm and sit 12 lengths off the pace!

"I'm sorry that Subjectivist is not able to run next week, it's heart-breaking for everyone involved."

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