The King of the Stradivarius Cup recorded his 20th career victory with his sixth victory in York Racing news

Stradivarius achieved his 20th career success and made perfect six wins from six races in York with a victory in the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup under Frankie Dettori.

It was a record performance for Bjorn Nielsen’s eight-year-old, who sweetly moved forward before finding enough to eventually win his 18th victory in a European group stage.

All trained by John and Taddy Gosden, they finished fourth behind Thunderous and Franny Norton.

As the pace picked up, Stradivarius briefly hit a draw, but soon returned to the bridle and Dettori relieved him of the gap between the leader and Max Vega with three stages of running.

He reached the highest step with a quarter of a mile to go, but the 6-4 favorite was idle once, hitting the front as he veered off the railing and had to dig deep while Thunderous retaliated.

Still, he had the freedom on the line from the gallant runner-up 17-2 and will now head to Royal Ascot in a bid to win a fourth gold cup, for which he was reduced to 3-1 by Betfair.

The son of Sea The Stars returned to a huge reception from the Knavesmire audience, followed by a third victory for the Yorkshire Cup.

Gosden Sr. said: “He hit a little, but on a par and the next thing you know, he got Frankie there too early. It was great, he’s great 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 out of six on Knavesmire and to be the leading horse, the winning group of all time in Europe, it takes some time

“Until the ground becomes soft or heavy, then we hope to continue to Ascot, which has always been the plan – one run, then Ascot. We’ve always said here, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood. We hope this is our season, we’ll see.

“He’s a real hero and it’s great to win that and give weight, he gave 6 pounds to the good mare (Search For A Song) and 3 pounds to everything else. Hopefully we can get to Ascot and the ground isn’t too deep, I think if it had that foundation, it would have suffered a lot. “

He added: “He is a whole eight-year-old child, if he was an eight-year-old castration, it would be a different ball game. He did well mentally to get there, knows the gallop and knows everything backwards. I’m very careful with the way I train him, if you try to rub his nose in it, he will tell you what to do with the game.

“He was a lot of fun to ride, on his hind legs, every time he saw a mare he started showing up, but he came here and was a professional as always.

Dettori, who was in flying form, said: “John and Taddy really have to take all the credit. They changed different things to interest him – they worked with him in front and behind, took him to different places, just to motivate him, because he has been going on in this gallop for six years.

“I thought he was fit, but until you try, you don’t know, because he takes care of himself.

He looked the same as usual, traveled enthusiastically and showed a good turn, and then stood in front, but we know he does.

“My mouth is a little dry and I’m emotional, but what an amazing story.

“All roads lead to Ascot for another roll of the dice. Let’s hope the land stays dry.”

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