Ground states will decide following month if Stradivarius defends his Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup title at Ascot.
Trainer John Gosden has stressed the five-year-old will only lineup at the Group Two contest on October 19 in the event the ground isn’t overly soft.
Sea The Stars’ boy secured another Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus out last time when adding at the Lonsdale Cup in York to successes in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup.
Gosden said:”I would believe that Champions Day is rather likely.
“When we got a great deal of rain and it did move heavy, that would be the one thing that would probably stop us jogging.
“He has a excellent activity and he’s likely happiest along with the floor. He handled the earth, but I would worry about heavy ground.
Having seen Stradivarius extend his winning series to nine that the gifted stayer to have come out of this race in great shape is reported by Gosden.
Gosden included:”He is in tremendous form because the race. He having a shout and is bucking and playing away.
“He always lets you know when he is about. For a small guy he makes a great deal of noise.”
Looking past Qipco British Champions’ Day, also the Newmarket handler insists that a decision if Stradivarius remains in training next year will be produced by his own owner Bjorn Nielsen.
Gosden included:”It is very much around Mr Nielsen whether he wants to keep him in practice a year ago and that I will leave that entirely to him.
“The horse will be vociferous to tell us what he thinks.”

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