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Stradivarius set to defend crown in Goodwood Cup

One of the 11 horses confirmed for the Qatar Goodwood Cup which will be held on Tuesday, is last years winner Stradivarius.

John Gosden’s charge is going to be a hot favourite to win his third victory of the season following his previous triumphs in the Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Victory for the four-year-old son of Sea The Stars would mean that it will leave him one leg away from winning the new Weatherbys Hamilton £1million stayers’ bonus. Success in the Lonsdale Cup at York on August 24 will see connections hit the jackpot.

Andrea Atzeni steered Stradivarius to victory 12 months ago and is hoping to do the same after Frankie Dettori’s suspension.

There is a great possibility that he will have to face some familiar foes, with Jessica Harrington’s Torcedor and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George set to take him on again after finishing third and fourth respectively at the Royal meeting.

William Haggas could saddle the Queen’s Call To Mind, who was last seen winning the Belmont Gold Cup in New York, and Dal Harraild.

David Elsworth’s Desert Skyline, Andrew Balding’s Scotland and St Michel from Sir Mark Prescott’s yard complete the potential field.

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