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Stradivarius to face eight in Goodwood Cup

Sun 28th Jul 2019, 12:15

Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori
© Photo Healy Racing

Stradivarius will face eight rivals as he bids for a hat-trick in Tuesday's Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Only the Mark Johnston-trained Double Trigger has won the two-mile feature three times, but John Gosden's Stradivarius is a hot favourite to emulate the feat after dominating the staying division over the last season and a half.

Stradivarius arrives unbeaten in his last seven starts, most recently claiming a second Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last month.

Gosden told Racing TV's Luck On Sunday programme: "Obviously he carries a lot more weight here as the three-year-olds come into the race and they're getting a lot of weight - we know about that as he won it as a three-year-old.

"He’s in great form and looks to be really enjoying life at the moment, so let’s hope it goes well for him on Tuesday."

Dee Ex Bee was only a length behind Stradivarius at Ascot and he tries his luck again while Charlie Appleby’s Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter will be aiming to improve on his fourth that day.

Aidan O'Brien fields three in King George V Handicap winner South Pacific, Southern France and Harpo Marx.

Andrew Balding’s Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby, the Tim Easterby-trained Wells Farhh Go and Raa Atoll from Luke Comer’s yard complete the line-up.