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Stradivarius set to run in the Arc following Goodwood Cup glory

  • After winning a record fourth-straight Goodwood Cup, Stradivarius is set to contest this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
  • The champion stayer will face off against superstar stablemate Enable in the Longchamp feature
  • He is currently rated as a $17 outsider
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Stradivarius will contest this year's Arc (Getty)

Champion trainer John Gosden confirmed that superstar stayer Stradivarius will contest this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France following a successful run in the Group One Goodwood Cup.

Stradivarius, who jumped as a $1.57 favourite with online bookmaker Neds in the 3200m feature, was able to treat his rivals with contempt after a slight scare in the straight, finding clear air in the dying stages to record a fourth-straight win in the race.
Gosden said in the aftermath that his heart rate rose slightly as the field entered the final stages but believed jockey Frankie Dettori made the right call in waiting for the gap to appear behind the leaders.

"It did, because it looked like he was boxed in," Gosden admitted.

"I think the key when you're tracking a horse like Santiago in receipt of 15 pounds, what you mustn't do is attack two and a half, three down and turn it into a real slog ... I think it was right to wait."

The biggest question for Gosden after the race was the next move for Stradivarius, and the champion trainer confirmed a date with destiny at Longchamp.

"The owner (Bjorn Nielsen) wants to go a different route with him now," Gosden explained.

"The Weatherbys Hamilton was a fantastic bonus, they've been on two years running, so normally we'd go to (Lonsdale Cup) at York, but now that doesn't exist anymore, so he would like to freshen him up, have a nice holiday and then go mid-September Prix Foy, to Longchamp.

"If he runs a nice race there and handles the track and everything he'll go and run in the Arc."

Gosden, who also trains the Arc favourite Enable, said that the Longchamp feature will be 'tremendously exciting' for racing fans if the stablemates line up against each other in the world's most famous race.

"It will be (exciting)," the trainer said.

"Let's hope they're in top order, and you know, Frankie's got to work out what he's running, I think I probably know the answer but that will be his decision, and then you've got a gorgeous three-year-old filly Love, the Oaks winner, in the race probably as well.

"That makes for a serious Arc."

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