Another group race, another John Gosden/Frankie Dettori team favorite, another short field–and, of course, another victory.
My only question after the race was is Gosden the Chad Brown of Europe, or is Brown the Gosden of America. Out of respect for the horseman who has been at his craft longer, we gave Gosden first billing.
And Stradavarius first billing, too, as he is, without question, the best true stayer we’ve seen in 2019.
In winning the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York for the second time, giving three rivals anywhere from 3 to 17 pounds, the 5-year-old Sea the Stars horse improved his lifetime mark to (18) 13-1-2.
Stradavarius has gone unbeaten in the past two years. Six of the last seven races on his form came at two miles or longer. The other was a 1-3/4 mile “sprint.”
Given race tactics and the weight, Frankie needed to be patient. If you backed him, however,–we don’t bet these races–he would have had you pulling out your hair.
When Frankie?! When are you finally going to pull that string?!
Not sure how he pulled it off, but he managed to stay covered up behind the two horses leading the way–one at a time.
Finally, with what appeared to be less than than a quarter-mile remaining, he dove toward the near fence, went to a hard drive, and Stradavarius responded, like he almost always does.
It’s happened; I’ve become a Euro-weenie!