Stradivarius isready to proceed as he aims to finish another unbeaten season in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup in Ascot following weekend.
The star stayer of john Gosden has been outside on his own this year, never looking like being beaten at any given point.
He heads into Qipco British Champions Day on a 10-race winning streak and proprietor Bjorn Nielsen is already looking ahead to next year.
John tells me Stradivarius is packed with himself and ready to go. I have noticed theyve changed the period of his race by the very first to the third – they dont want individuals to be getting their lunch if he conducts! said Nielsen.
Coming into this year John told me the horse had improved considerably strength-wise from four to five, a lot more so than that he did involving four and three.
Thats been borne out since he has won his races quite handily. First time out he was a bit sexier; on the bridle turning he was at the Gold Cup and won comfortably.
At Goodwood he hunted the same horses and pretty much did exactly the same thing from the Lonsdale. At the Doncaster Cup he needed a penalty but had been running against horses graded a reasonable amount.
I understand people were surprised to see him run at Doncaster, but itd never happen to be eight months between races had he not done so. It would have been too much for him because he was exhausted after a flat run at the Lonsdale, but this year John said he was full of himself that he had to have a second run.
All Stradivarius wins this season have been part of this Qipco British Champions Series programme and also success on Saturday week would see him be the first horse to win six these races .
I read someplace he and Frankel would be the only horsesve won five Champions Series races at a calendar year, which he is done twice today. If he achieves the first step on Saturday week hell be the only horse to have achieved it and also be tied with Frankel for second. That could be some feat, said Nielsen.
He has been well handled by a wonderful trainer and will remain in training so long as he remains enthusiastic and sound. His target will be the Gold Cup with a run in the Sagaro or even Yorkshire Cup as a prep beforehand.