Eight take on bonus-chasing Stradivarius in Lonsdale Cup

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Stradivarius faces eight rivals as his connections eye a £1million bonus for winning the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday.

John Gosden’s crack stayer is three-quarters of the way to scooping the WH Stayers’ Million thanks to victories in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup.

The four-year-old, owned by Bjorn Nielsen, now just needs to take this Group Two prize to collect the seven-figure sum.

The opposition includes Count Octave, whose trainer Andrew Balding saddled Montaly to strike 12 months ago.

Willie Mullins relies on Max Dynamite, who lifted this stamina test in 2015, after withdrawing Laws Of Spin and Thomas Hobson at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

There is a second Irish-trained runner in Aidan O’Brien’s Idaho, who was third to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup.

The nine-strong field is completed by Desert Skyline, Petitioner, Red Verdon, Sir Chauvelin and St Michel.

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