$200 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $200 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
Deposit $20, Bet with $120
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in racing bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Stradivarius has scooped the inaugural Stayers’ Million ($A1.75m) bonus by completing a clean sweep of the series with victory in the Lonsdale Cup at York.

Winner of the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup, the top-class stayer, owned by Bjorn Nielsen, landed the bonus for connections with a performance that was full of guts and determination.

It may not have been straightforward for the 4-11 favourite, but the John Gosden-trained four-year-old ultimately got the upper hand in the final furlong (200m) to beat his old rival Count Octave in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Stradivarius took some time to find his feet, but he knuckled down to his task and once he hit the front he kept up the gallop to beat Count Octave by 1-1/2 lengths with the runner-up a possible Melbourne Cup contender.

“It’s an extraordinary achievement. The horse has a lot of determination, but also a lot of class,” Gosden said.

“I wouldn’t say he was at his sparkling best today, Rab (Havlin, on Petitioner) did a good job setting a pace and it was a good job he was there otherwise there wouldn’t have been much pace at all.

“I think he’s better off a really strong pace. But we can’t complain as we won.”

Gosden was non-committal on a start in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

“It looks very hot this year, so we’ll just have to see,” he said.

Nielsen said Stradivarius would not go to the Melbourne Cup but Anna Lisa Balding, wife of trainer Andrew Balding said they hoped the runner-up could be a runner.

“He ran a fantastic race and hopefully that might get his rating up a bit and get him to Australia (Melbourne Cup),” she said.

“Oisin (Murphy) has given him a lovely ride and the horse behaved so well today as well. Sometimes he’s a little bit on it.

“We’re absolutely delighted. We’ll get him home and make the trainer make the decisions, but that (Melbourne Cup) would be the plan.”

 
  • Deposit
    $20
  • Bet with
    $120!
  • Claim $100 in racing Bonus Bets when you deposit $20!*
  • Join now!
Claim $100 in racing Bonus Bets when you deposit $20!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Big Bets – 20/4/2019

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on the weekends horse racing around the...

Are stallion fees getting ridiculous?

Plenty of stallion news has surfaced and here is the latest. The blockbuster news was the release of the Widden...

Ben Currie given extension to stay

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been granted an extension of a stay which will allow him to continue training through...

Suspended trainer faces additional charges

Suspended trainer Ben Smith will face a further 10 charges following two Racing NSW inquiries into the use and supply...

Could Winx have won a Melbourne Cup?

There’s one question Hugh Bowman has been asked over and over again about Winx. Could the greatest racehorse of our...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.