ridden by Jockey Frankie Dettori (right) on their way to victory in the Goodwood Cup Stakes during the Goodwood Festival
But neither could live with the trademark finishing kick of Stradivarius
and he was good value for the winning margin of a neck over Dee Ex Bee, with Dettori celebrating before passing the post.
Owner Bjorn Nielsen added: "A horse like Stradivarius
comes along for very few people.
"I am pleased because, at the end of the day, when you go out there and try and beat Stradivarius
you know you are punching high," said Appleby.
The opening day of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival saw a spectacular third straight victory for Stradivarius
in the Qatar Goodwood Cup (Group 1), even as the focus will be on some top quality Arabian racing today in the Qatar International Stakes (Group 1 PA).
will take all the beating but is a best-priced 8/11 with Coral to win this valuable prize and may just be worth opposing at those odds.
John Gosden's Stradivarius
has dominated the staying division for the last two seasons, most recently claiming his second Gold Cup at Royal Ascot to stretch his unbeaten run to seven.
Along with Stradivarius
, Dettori also rides Visinari in the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes, and Hey Gaman in the Qatar Lennox Stakes.
If you'd told me in the morning that I'd complete a four-timer on Stradivarius
in the Gold Cup, I'd have laughed at you."
What's the bad news?" "Well sir, the bad news is that Stradivarius
was a horrible painter and Picasso was no good with violins." Even Picasso and Stradivarius
are required to have their areas of specialization and competence.
Arriving on the back of an odds-on defeat in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting, the son of Frankel returned to his imperious best to take the Group One prize by six lengths, completing a double for Frankie Dettori, who was also victorious aboard Stradivarius