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Stradivarius to run in this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

  • After winning a record fourth-straight Goodwood Cup, trainer John Gosden confirmed that Stradivarius will contest this year's Arc
  • The champion stayer will face off against superstar stablemate Enable in the Longchamp feature
  • Stradivarius is currently at 12/1 with Bet365 to win 
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Stradivarius will contest this year's Arc (Getty)

Superstar stayer Stradivarius will contest this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe following a record-breaking win in the Goodwood Cup.

Stradivarius was able to create history in the 3200m feature, becoming the first horse to win the two mile event four times. It was an easy win in the end for the champion stayer, who was able to stride away from the field once he found open space in the straight.
While it looked easy in the end, trainer John Gosden said his heart rate rose dramatically before the horse saw open air.

"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 France, where he is a 12/1 outsider with Bet365 to win the Longchamp feature.

"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 the race will be 'tremendously exciting' for racing enthusiasts if the stablemates line up against each other at the end of the year.

"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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