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Stradivarius lands historic third Goodwood Cup in a row for Newmarket trainer John Gosden

John Gosden's star stayer Stradivarius became the first horse to win the Qatar Goodwood Cup three times in a row this afternoon.

The Newmarket trainer's five-year-old was a 4-5 favourite to make history, and better Double Trigger's trio of victories in the race, which came in 1995, 1997 and 1998, by winning in three successive years.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Stradivarius' now trademark strong finish saw him end up a neck clear of Dee Ex Bee, with Charlie Appleby's Cross Counter back in third.

Stradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Goodwood Cup for a record third consecutive yearPicture: (mark cranhamphoto.com)
Stradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Goodwood Cup for a record third consecutive yearPicture: (mark cranhamphoto.com)

The victory was Stradivarius' eighth in a row, following on from recent victories in the Yorkshire Cup and Gold Cup.

Earlier today at Goodwood, Appleby's Pinatubo won the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes by five lengths to cement his position at the top of the market for next year's QIPCO 2,000 Guineas.

James Doyle, who has ridden Pinatubo to success on all four of his career starts, said:"That was a pretty spectacular performance from Pinatubo.

"We did not go all that quick and he surprised me with how well he got into a rhythm and settled.

"Pinatubo is just a wonderful horse with a great nature. He is very quick. When you ask him to go and stretch, he really drops down and accelerates - he really showed that today.

"We were just interested to see today how Pinatubo coped with a small bit of ease in the ground and he did it very nicely. He really let down well, Charlie has brought him along nicely. Hopefully he can go on to bigger and better things and I'm sure he will."

Meanwhile, the David Elsworth-trained Sir Dancealot became the second horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Group 2 Qatar Lennox Stakes with a smooth success in the seven-furlong contest.

Ridden by Gerald Mosse, the five-year-old quickened up smartly to win by a length from the James Tate-trained 5/2 favourite Hey Gaman in second.

Sir Dancealot is just the second horse after Nayyir (Gerard Butler, 2002 and 2003) to win multiple renewals of the Group 2 event.

Newmarket trainer Elsworth said: "It is lovely to win this race again with Sir Dancealot. He was pretty good today. He took up a furlong out and didn't look like getting caught.

"Sir Dancealot has contested all the six and seven furlongs races over the last couple of years. He won the Rockingham as a two-year-old and has always been a very good horse.

"The trainer has been a bit over ambitious and pushed him a little bit to reach his true heights. He won this race last year and then went on to win the Hungerford Stakes. He will probably go back to Newbury for the Hungerford Stakes again now.

"That is our first winner since April. It has been a bit of a famine for everyone in the yard, but one or two horses have been running alright.

"We haven't lost our nerve and it is great for these owners to have another big winner."