Trueshan manager Alan King was an interested spectator as Stradivarius won their third Yorkshire Cup on Friday and is keeping a close eye on the opposition ahead of their Ascot Gold Cup bid.
John and Thady Gosden seek a fourth Gold Cup with the valiant Stradivarius, who was cut 3-1 as joint favorite by Coral for the two-and-a-half mile event at the Royal Meeting, joining two-time Group 1 winner Trueshan at the head of the market.
Last season’s Prix du Cadran winner was an absentee from Knavesmire due to fast conditions, as eight-year-old Stradivarius galloped into the history books, winning an 18th European group race and overtaking Cirrus Des Eagles.
Stradivarius wasn’t the only stayer to pique King’s interest on Friday, with Adian O’Brien’s Kyprios claiming a 14-length victory in the mile-and-three-quarter Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown.
The four-year-old then saw his chances halved and is now 100-30 third best in the market with the same company.
Having only had one race this season, winning the Listed Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham early last month, King was hoping to secure another race against six-year-old Trueshan before the Gold Cup on June 16, although he admitted that he hoped the current would be dry. the spell would break.
King said: “Stradivarius produced a great performance – he was brilliant. It was nice to see.
“We just called it (not going to York) on Wednesday morning because we thought by Friday the pitch was going to be too fast. So I didn’t really want to send them up there and not do it. to run.
“I’m delighted for Stradivarius. It was once again a great and wonderful performance. We’ll just regroup and have a few quiet days.
“Sandown’s Henry II Stakes are a possibility a week from now on Thursday, but if we have to wait for Ascot we will. That time has to break sooner or later, doesn’t it?
“It’s been so long since we’ve had decent rain. So we’ll train him for Sandown and if that doesn’t happen we’ll train him for Ascot.
“It’s not a major problem if he doesn’t go. I’m a little more relaxed with that throughout.”
King was also impressed with young contender Kyprios and added: “It was wonderful to see Stradivarius run so well but Aidan’s horse did very well too so it’s all building. And we can’t wait. to be there.”