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Subjectivist wins Gold Cup at Ascot to deny Stradivarius fairytale

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

16:31 17 Jun 2021

Subjectivist has won the Gold Cup at Ascot to deny Stradivarius a fourth consecutive title. 

He was guided home by Joe Fanning after going off at a starting price of 13/2.

The Mark Johnston trained four-year-old came home ahead of at 28/1 shot Princess Zoe and Spanish Mission, who went off at 7/1 in third.

The favourite, Stradivarius, who was going for a fourth consecutive title could only manage fourth.

Fanning was full of praise for Subjectivist after the win.

"He's been a great horse this year, even last year. He just keeps improving, he's very good.

"I always thought it would take a very good one to get by him.

"In Dubai on that good ground, he was always doing his best work near the end. I never thought that was an issue, he'd go on any ground.

"It's great for the yard. Dr Jim [Walker] is a brilliant owner, he's been with us for years, even when they run bad, he's very good."

"I couldn't say [we were] confident, more hopeful.

"I thought he was the best horse we've taken Stradivarius on with, but we had a scare just after the Dubai race, so he missed quite a bit of work after that.

"Then he fell on the road in Middleham just the other day - you'll see his knees and his hocks are skinned - so we've had a few scares along the way.

"Normally we'd have had a race in between, but we've gone in there and it's probably good that the rain held off and the ground remained fast, you don't see performances like that on soft ground.

"It's a sad day for Stradivarius. I know what it feels like when a champion like that goes under, but it was going to happen one day and I'm just glad it was us who did it."

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