Stradivarius to star
STRADIVARIUS has become a little bit of a forgotten horse in tomorrow’s William Hill St Leger — but he can make his presence firmly felt at Doncaster by winning the final British Classic of the year.
John Gosden’s charge has been on a stellar trajectory this year, winning off a mark of 78 at Beverley before going on to add a Royal Ascot triumph and Group One honours.
He lines up at Doncaster on a rating of 116, which does give him a bit to find with Irish Derby winner Capri but it was hard not to have been impressed by his staying credentials as he just edged out Gold Cup winner Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup last time.
Admittedly, he had a chunky pull in the weights that day but the way Stradivarius picked up from off the pace certainly caught the eye. He clearly has the heart for a fight after outbattling one of the toughest horses in training.
While that victory came over two miles, Stradivarius’ previous success in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot shows a mile and six furlongs holds few fears for him as he has plenty in reserve.