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Goodwood Cup: Stradivarius ruled out due to soft ground as John and Thady Gosden refuse to make the same ‘mistake’ |  Race News

Stradivarius withdrew from the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup late due to ground conditions.

John and Thady Gosden’s star stayer was set to claim a fifth straight win in the two-mile Group 1 competition.

However, a nighttime downpour saw the ground become heavy, soft in places and after assessing the conditions after the first race on the Downs, the Stradivarius drivers chose not to race.

John Gosden said ITV: “Obviously we were very keen to do something that has never been done before, which is to win five Goodwood Cups in a row.

“He’s in great shape, he’s full of himself, ready to run. But I’m afraid you’ve had 60mm of rain since Sunday noon and another bucket last night.

“I hiked the trail in the country with Thady, and the stick goes straight to the back – and that turns it into a bit of a two mile chore.

“He’s a horse that can travel with great acceleration, one turn of the foot and put in some pretty amazing fractions over the last two or three stages – but he won’t do that in this terrain.

“I think at his age you have to play on his strengths – and we also made some crazy decisions last year, one of having him run at Longchamp on bottomless ground by the Seine, he hated, and then even more stupid we ran heavy ground champions day at Ascot.

“Having made the mistake twice, we weren’t quite ready to do the same thing again.”

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