Wednesday 19 December 2018

'That's 60 wins here and I'm only 47' - Frankie Dettori beams after landing sixth Royal Ascot Gold Cup win

Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the 4.20 Gold Cup with Stradivarius. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the 4.20 Gold Cup with Stradivarius. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
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Stradivarius claimed victory in a thrilling renewal of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, the four-year-old was a 7-4 joint-favourite as he stepped up to two and a half miles for the first time in his career.

Torcedor led the field into the home straight ahead of Stradivarius, French challenger Vazirabad and 2016 Gold Cup hero Order Of St George, the other 7-4 joint-favourite, and it was Stradivarius who came home best.

Stradivarius was bidding for his second Royal Ascot success, having won the Queen's Vase at last year's meeting.

The four-year-old was beaten a length into third place by Order Of St George in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October, but a winning return in last month's Yorkshire Cup suggested he could be an improved performer this season.

With Order Of St George under a pressure a long way from home on this occasion and eventually finishing fourth, Stradivarius travelled strongly for much of the way and saw out the extra distance well to score by three-quarters of a length.

Vazirabad just beat Torcedor to the runner-up spot by a head.

Dettori told ITV Racing: "That's 60 wins here, six Gold Cups and I'm only 47, in case you forget!

"He was a lion today. He had to see off Order Of St George, Torcedor and then Vazirabad and in the end he took off - it went perfectly.

"I come alive here, I love it. I think the crowd lifted him. The Gold Cup is the showcase of the week and to win it again, my first one for John Gosden, it's great for the team."

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