Stradi­var­ius to star

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

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