Prix du Cadran: Stradivarius proprietor Bjorn Nielsen plotting choices for retirement as star stayer loses dominance



Stradivarius proprietor Bjorn Nielsen is eager to keep away from his star stayer preventing on like an “outdated boxer” as he plots choices for the seven-year-old’s retirement.

The Doncaster Cup and Lonsdale Cup winner was beaten by Trueshan in Saturday’s Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp, as comfortable situations fell in favour of Alan King’s five-year-old.

Nielsen hopes Stradivarius, who was crushed within the Ascot Gold Cup earlier this season, stays in England when he does finally head to stud.

Requested whether or not Stradivarius will return subsequent season, Nielsen mentioned: “I do not know. I’ve bought to talk to John and Thady [Gosden, trainers] and see what they suppose.

“He is been going a very long time and was so dominant in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Bjorn Nielsen embraces Frankie Dettori after Stradivarius' fourth Gold Cup win at Ascot last year
Bjorn Nielsen embraces Frankie Dettori after Stradivarius’ fourth Gold Cup win at Ascot final 12 months

“Age will get to you finally and he’s clearly not as dominant as he as soon as was. It’s a must to give it some thought and loosen up and take all of it in.

“There are just a few studs and I have never decided as a result of his profession has been ongoing. I have never finalised the place he is going, however I want to see him keep in England.

Frankie Dettori performs his famous flying dismount from Stradivarius after winning the Doncaster Cup
Dettori performs his well-known flying dismount from Stradivarius after successful the Doncaster Cup

“I do not need him to be like an outdated boxer who nonetheless thinks he can keep it up. I do not wish to say ‘yeah we’ll keep it up, he is working properly and we have got excuses due to the bottom’.

“At some stage it’s important to draw stumps and say ‘he is not what he was’.

John Gosden
Nielsen is ready to talk to coach John Gosden about the place to go subsequent with Stradivarius

“I am not saying that is the place we’re at this time, however that day goes to return for each horse and it’s clearly getting nearer.

“We’ll see how he’s. John all the time says the day after a race he begins shouting and screaming and telling all his mates how good he’s. I am certain when he will get again tomorrow he’ll be telling everyone how unfortunate he was!”

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Proprietor Andrew Gemmell loved a profitable journey to ParisLongchamp as Trueshan ran out an aesthetic winner of the Prix du Cadran.

On the defeat to Trueshan, Nielsen added: “We bought crushed by a greater horse on the day, however he ran a terrific race.

“He is been round a very long time, he is aware of the sport and he is bought a giant coronary heart.

“I’ve bought to talk to John, however I would say he in all probability will not (run at Ascot). It is two weeks away and he is had a tough race at this time.

“You are assured the bottom goes to be on the comfortable aspect at Ascot. Champions Day might be the one place he is finished poorest at due to the bottom.”




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