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Stradivarius joins racing greats with third Gold Cup in row at Royal Ascot

  • Horse lights up Royal Ascot with majestic 10-length romp
  • Dettori leads plaudits to one of the all-time great stayers

After winning the Goodwood Cup on Stradivarius for the third year running last summer, Frankie Dettori suggested that one of the great stayer’s secrets is economy of effort. “He’ll never be flash and win by 10 lengths, but he gets the job done,” the jockey said.

Dettori can never have been as delighted to be proved wrong as he was at Royal Ascot on Thursday afternoon, when Stradivarius produced one of the best – and flashiest – staying performances of this or any era to win a third Gold Cup. By 10 lengths.

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