Stradivarius secured a second victory in Friday's Doncaster Cup.
Stradivarius secured a second victory in Friday's Doncaster Cup.

Stradivarius strikes again at Doncaster

John Gosden's Stradivarius secured another brilliant victory as he won his second Doncaster Cup on Friday afternoon.

It is the seven-year-old's 19th win in what has been a glittering career so far.

With main rival Trueshan pulling out of the race owing to unsuitable ground, Stradivarius was installed as odds-on favourite and his performance was certainly indicative of the tag.

The son of Sea The Stars finished two-and-a-half lengths clear of Alerta Roja.

"He's the people's favourite, I love him dearly," said jockey Frankie Dettori.

"I can't believe how much he loves his racing and it's great for the public and me too that we've had such a champion for so long."

Wonderful Tonight retired after injury

David Menuisier's double Group One winning star Wonderful Tonight has been retired at the age of four due to a leg injury.

Dual Group One winner Wonderful Tonight has been forced to retire after sustaining a leg injury.
Dual Group One winner Wonderful Tonight has been forced to retire after sustaining a leg injury.

The four-year-old won six of her 11 outings throughout a promising career but, following an x-ray on Friday, she has been retired to become a broodmare.

She won Group Ones at Longchamp and Ascot in October last year and followed that up with a pair of Group Two success at Ascot and Goodwood this summer.

A fourth-place finish in the Yorkshire Oaks proved to be her final race, with Menuisier understandably upset with the news, days before she was due to travel to France to take part in the Prix Foy at Longchamp.

"She did her final piece of work this morning and was due to go tomorrow morning first thing to France," he said.

"She cooled down fine and it wasn't until two-and-a-half hours later that she couldn't put her foot on the ground. The vets took an X-ray and she has a little condylar fracture in her fetlock, so it is game over.

"Words fail me, they really do."

Starman set for Ascot challenge

Trainer Ed Walker is praying the weather will be kind as Starman prepares to head to Ascot next month.

Starman's participation in next month's British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot depends on the weather.
Starman's participation in next month's British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot depends on the weather.

Last time out, the four-year-old was agonisingly beaten by a shoulder in the Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock with Emaraaty Ana claiming the spoils by a shoulder.

Prior to that race, Starman displayed some wonderful form with his most notable win coming in the Group One July Cup at Newmarket.

Now, all roads lead to Ascot for the British Champions Sprint Stakes and Walker is confident his charge can win the six-furlong showpiece providing the weather in favourable.

"If someone could guarantee me good ground I'd say Ascot would be a certainty," he said. "I just don't want it to be bad ground.

"We'd happily run on good to soft, and in anything apart from heavy ground. We just need a bit of luck with the weather."

Point Lonsdale aiming for Curragh success

Aidan O'Brien's colt Point Lonsdale will face six rivals on Sunday at the Curragh as he makes the step up to Group One for the first time.

The son of Australia is unbeaten in four outings so far and will contest the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, three weeks after his previous win at the course in the Futurity Stakes.

His form has seen him top the ante-post list for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby ahead of his appearance at the Irish Champions Weekend.

Challenges will come in the form of Ebro River, Great Max, and Native Trail - the former already a winner at Group One level after his win in the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland.

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