Super Stradivarius racks up six wins at York under Frankie Dettori

Racing fans are running out of superlatives for Stradivarius and the super stayer rolled back the years for victory in the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup under Frankie Dettori. Now Royal Ascot awaits.

John and Thady Gosden's superstar stayer Stradivarius won the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup under Frankie Dettori and made it six wins out of six at York.

Eight-year-old Stradivarius's win on the Knavesmire was also a 20th career win with the Bjorn Neilson owned horse taking the plaudits at a track where he is loved.

Frankie Dettori was happy to position Stradivarius in fourth with three furlongs to go, after which he gradually opened "The Strad" up and pushed him to the front, running on to a one length win from Charlie and Mark Johnston's Thunderous.

He will now head to Royal Ascot and an attempt to land a fourth Gold Cup in the hands of Dettori.

Gosden senior said: "He hit a little but of a flat spot and the next thing you know, he got Frankie there too soon. It was tremendous, he's a great one for the crowds, isn't he? Someone asked me what it was like and I said 'it's like Desert Orchid'.

"It's great to be six from six on the Knavesmire and be the leading Group-winning horse of all time in Europe, that takes some doing

"As long as the ground doesn't go soft or heavy then we hope to go on to Ascot which has always been the plan - one run, then Ascot. We always said here, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood. That, hopefully, is our season, we'll see.

"He's a real character and it's lovely to win that and give weight, he gave 6lb to the good filly (Search For A Song) and 3lb to everything else. Let's hope we can get to Ascot and the ground's not too deep, I think if he had this ground he'd take a lot of beating."

He added: "He's an eight-year-old entire, if he was an eight-year-old gelding it would be a different ball game. He's done well mentally to get himself there, he knows the gallops and he knows everything backwards. I'm quite careful with the way I train him, if you tried to rub his nose in it he'd tell you what to do with the game.

"He was a bundle of fun to saddle, on his hind legs, every time he saw a filly he started showing off but he came over here and he was a professional as ever."

Dettori was naturally cock-a-hoop, saying: "John and Thady have got to take all the credit really. They changed different things to get him interested - worked him from the front and the back, taken him to different places, just to get him motivated as he's been going on those gallops for six years.

"I thought we had him fit, but until you try you don't know because he looks after himself.

He looked the same as he usually does, travelled with zest and showed a good turn of foot and then he pulls up in front, but we know he does that.

"My mouth is a bit dry and I'm emotional, but what an incredible story.

"All roads lead to Ascot for one more roll of the dice. Let's hope the ground stays dry."

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