Stradivarius wins second Goodwood Cup

Stradivarius kept dreams of a £1million bonus alive when claiming Torcedor close home to win the Qatar Goodwood Cup for a second time.

Irish raider Torcedor took three lengths out of the field, but John Gosden’s Gold Cup hero, the 4-5 favourite, hunted him down under Andrea Atzeni.

Having won the Yorkshire Cup at York before his victory at the Royal meeting, Stradivarius now just needs to take the Lonsdale Cup back at York next month to land the inaugural WH Stayers’ Million.

Atzeni told ITV Racing: “He’s a different horse compared to last year. I remember when I won on him last year he was quite narrow, but he’s done a tremendous job as a four-year-old.

“I’m in a very lucky position to be here. Unfortunately Frankie (Dettori) is suspended, but he’s been very helpful and these big days are what it’s all about.”

Atzeni told ITV Racing: “He’s a different horse compared to last year. I remember when I won on him last year he was quite narrow, but he’s done a tremendous job as a four-year-old.

“I’m in a very lucky position to be here. Unfortunately Frankie (Dettori) is suspended, but he’s been very helpful and these big days are what it’s all about.”

Gosden confirmed all roads now lead to York on August 24. He said: "He’s got a lot of heart, and he was very determined to go and win his race. He (Atzeni) said the race was comfortably under control in the last furlong."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."Let’s see if we can get there, with horses you’ve always got to be in top order, that’s the key point."He’s the most charming horse to be around. He’s a lovely ride."

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