The Road To Victory Is Paved With Gold For Stradivarius
It was a fantastic day for champion jockey Frankie Dettori who guided Stradivarius to a second successive Gold Cup victory at Royal Ascot.
It was a seventh Gold Cup triumph for Dettori and the in-form jockey won the first three races on Ladies' Day.
"What an amazing horse he is. He is a horse for the big occasion and I love him dearly. Every time he runs he delivers." ," said the Italian.The John Gosden-trained entire is now on a seven-race winning streak, with his last defeat coming on Champions Day in 2017.
Dee Ex Bee started of in the lead and continued to do so until the final furlongs. Initially Stradivarius was boxed in but with Dettori’s expert guidance when a gap opened up he quickly took the lead.
The son of Sea The Stars, romped home, winning by one length becoming the first horse to win successive Gold Cups at Ascot since Yeats completed four in a row in 2009.
The Mark Johnston-trained Dee Ex Bee finished a nose ahead of shot Master Of Reality in third. While multi Group One winning Cross Counter finished a gallant fourth, beaten 1-3/4 lengths.
1st Stradivarius Evs, 2nd Dee Ex Bee, 3rd Master Of Reality , 4th Cross Counter, 5th Flag Of Honour, 6th Capri, 7th Raymond Tusk, 8th Called To The Bar, 9th Magic Circle, 10th Thomas Hobson, 11th Cypress Creek