Dettori hails "one-off" Stradivarius as super stayer signs off from York on Friday

Frankie Dettori is running out of superlatives to describe John and Thady Gosden's star stayer Stradivarius. He'll let the York crowd do the talking as the Strad signs off on Friday, May 13.

John and Thady Gosden's superlative stayer Stradivarius has done it all but jockey Frankie Dettori promises it will be an "emotional" day as the eight-year old says goodbye to York racecourse.

A winner on five previous races at the Knavesmire, Bjorn Neilsen's Stradivarius will sign off at York in the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup.

Stradivarius has always made hay at York, winning the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup in 2018 and 2019 before achieving a Lonsdale Cup hat-trick last summer.

The well-bred son of Sea The Stars was beaten by young pretender Trueshan on his final two starts last season and Alan King's charge could re-oppose once more.

Retirement was considered in truth for "The Strad" but Nielsen made the bold move of keeping him racing at eight, which has Stradivarius back to York.

"He's won all of his five races at York, more than at any other track, and I'm sure the Yorkshire crowd will give him an amazing final farewell," Dettori told Sporting Index.

"Win, lose or draw, I'll lead him in front of the grandstands and let the crowds give him their final goodbye.

"It will be emotional riding him all year to be honest. He's loved by everyone and has done so much for racing, where do you even start with a horse like him? He's a one-off."

Stradivarius has forced Neilson and The Gosdens to get bigger trophy cabinets, winning three Gold Cups at Royal Ascot, four Goodwood Cups and two Doncaster Cups in a world class career.

Dettori added: "Everyone knows how much I loved Enable, and she went on until six whereas this boy is now eight. Believe it or not, I've won more Group races on him than Enable!

"He's never let us down so I'm not too worried about how he might run, even if he isn't getting any younger.

"He's getting a little bit clever in his old age, but when push comes to shove, he's always there for me."

The Group 2 Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup Stakes races over one miles and six furlongs at York racecourse on Friday, May 13. Ten horses are scheduled to go to post in a race which begins at 15.35.

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