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Award-winning Stradivarius retired after injury


Amongst the latest in racing news, the award-winning racehorse Stradivarius had to be retired after a foot injury he suffered whilst in one of his latest races. At eight years old, this horse is nothing short of a star within the medium, especially with such prizes as the three Ascot Gold Cups that metaphorically cover its neck. Truly a shame, as surely the horse itself would have loved to race a couple more years, bringing victory after victory as it always had.


8 years is quite a lot of time and quite a hefty career for a racehorse. Yet, Stradivarius had the spirit needed to bring some big successes over that long time. As the best betting sites for beginners might recount, amongst his biggest races, the three he battled in Goodwood, stand out the most. Particularly those in the years 2017 and 2020 when he won the Cup, but also the one in 2022 when he arrived second despite being the oldest horse in the race. Each one of those was a hard-fought race and the most recent one turned out to be his last. It seemed like Stradivarius would once again win the prize, this time with Andrea Atzeni to guide him onwards, however, his compatriot the Irish horse Kyprios was determined to snatch the prize for himself. It is a shame he didn’t get that final prize that would have been the strawberry atop the cream of a truly successful cake.


Stradivariuses owner, Bjorn Nielsen, who is a long-time racehorse breeder, had said back in July that he didn`t consider retiring the horse quite yet as he felt that the animal still had a lot of fight in him. However, a bruised foot which was taking way too long to heal seemed to have changed Nielsen`s mind, as he stated that it has taken him way longer to recover than he used to, thus showing that perhaps the years have taken a greater toll on him than expected; thus he clarified that it would be rather unfair to demand too much of this magnificent beast after it has been out of the picture for quite a while and bring him back as a nine-year-old back on track right after he has recovered. Thus the decision to retire him was made.

As all pro betting tips at the time showed, he easily distinguished himself in York, where he won twice the Lonsdale Cup in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as well as the Yorkshire Cup in 2018, 2019, and 2022. He was also given the Cartier Champion Stayer three times in a row from 2018 until 2020. Overall, he had an outstanding career, which many horses will be unable to match. In total, just from the prize money alone, from the 20 races he won overall, this stallion collected the sum of 3.4 million pounds over the years.

Moving forwards

For the time being Stradivarius will most likely get a lot of much-needed rest to recover from his bruised foot. After that, he will surely enjoy the leisurely life he has most certainly earned. Beyond that, well usually such award-winning horses are turned into studs that will breed a new generation of magnificent racehorses so that their legacies can live on within the sport. And besides, it’s not like he won’t ever be seen competing again, as many such horses tend to be brought into showjumping, jumping competitions, and even exhibition shows, that way, the competitive spirit of this beautiful animal could sate its need for excitement and victory; just as those within the best bookies for horse racing.

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