Stradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden, wins the Lonsdale Cup at York to land the inaugural WH Stayers’ Million bonus.
The £1m prize was announced in January for any ‘staying horse’ that won one of four races in May – including the Yorkshire Cup – followed by the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup.
“I didn’t feel the horse was as good today as at Ascot, only his courage and class got him through,” Dettori told ITV Racing. “Show me the money!”
A horse had never won the four races in the same season before.
Stradivarius triumphed in the Yorkshire Cup at York in May, before claiming the Ascot Gold Cup in June and defending his Goodwood Cup crown in August.
The 4-11 favourite, owned by Bjorn Nielsen, got the upper hand in the final furlong at York to beat his old rival Count Octave.
“He has managed to get over every hurdle and he must feel like he has just gone 12 rounds with Mohamed Ali,” Gosden told ITV. “He is not a big horse but he is fabulous and he showed a real mentality.
“Full marks to the owner, he’s been trying to breed a Derby winner for years and he ends up with a Cup horse.”
More to follow.