WHAT A RACE!
Stradivarius, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori, blazed through the finish line in spectacular fashion at this year’s running of the Royal Ascot Gold Cup.
Since 1711, the Royal Ascot has been the highlight of the year for Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire, England, and the Gold Cup is the pinnacle of the event.
At 2.5 miles, the Group 1 flat race is a beast, open to horses 4 years and older. This year’s running of the Gold Cup was absolutely inspiring!
Stradivarius and Order of St. George, the two favorites, hung back at the start. After the first 1.25 miles, Mount Moriah was leading, followed by Torcedor, Order of St. George, and finally Stradivarius. At one point, going into the final mile, Stradivarius was all the way back in 5th place!
Then into the final turn it was Torcedor, Mount Moriah, and Order of St. George pushing hard. This is it! But here comes Stradivarius on the outside! Out of nowhere, Vazirabad, the French favorite, is there, too! Torcedor, Stradivarius, Vazirabad!
Now it’s Stradivarius!
They’re neck and neck!
Stradivarius inches forward!!!! He’s a nose ahead! HE’S DONE IT!!!
What a victory!
It was a down to the wire, come from behind triumph! You could see the horses giving everything they had pushing toward that line. One of the most exciting races I have seen in years!
Stradivarius crossed the line in 4:21:07, giving Frankie Dettori his 6th Gold Cup.
Dettori is no stranger to the Royal Ascot, recording his 60th winning with this race. This year’s meeting was all about Frankie. He started day one with 3 victories. Add this Gold Cup to the mix and it was a pretty nice week for the 47 year old Italian racing legend.
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