Stradivarius produces the goods
Stradivarius justified his odds-on favouritism by winning the Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes for the second time in a row this afternoon.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old sprung an upset 12 months ago when triumphing in the two-mile Group 1 contest, getting the better of hat-trick hunting Big Orange.
This time around, though, all of the expectation was on the son of Sea The Stars and he delivered despite having been made to work hard.
Jessica Harrington's Torcedor set the pace from the outset and was still in front inside the final furlong, only for the Andrea Atzeni-ridden Stradivarius to pick him off in the dying embers.
Atzeni, who was also in the saddle for last year's Goodwod Cup success, told ITV Racing: "He is a different horse compared to last year.
"He has done a tremendous job as a four-year-old.
"He is a lovely horse and the last thing I wanted to do today was give him a hard race.
"This is what it is all about, these big days."
Stradivarius is now just a Group 2 win at York away from winning the £1m Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers bonus.