Stradivarius finishes second at Prix Foy at Longchamp but gets pass mark ahead of next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
- Stradivarius the three time Ascot Gold Cup winner was narrowly defeated
- Aidan O Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck took the victory at Prix Foy at Longchamp
- Stadivirus still got a pass mark ahead of next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
Stradivarius finished second in the Prix Foy at Longchamp but still got a pass mark from trainer John Gosden in his prep race for next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
The three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner was beaten a short neck by Aidan O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck as the race turned into a 500metre burn-up.
The mile-and-a-half Prix Foy was run in a time eight-and-a-half seconds slower than the Grand Prix de Paris won by O’Brien’s Mogul.
Stradivarius was narrowly beaten by Anthony Van Dyck at the Prix Foy at Longchamp
Stradivarius is likely to face a stronger pace and more stamina-sapping conditions on October 4.
And Gosden confirmed the intention was still for the colt to join stablemate Enable in the Arc.
Gosden said: ‘It was a stroll in the park and then a sprint. He has run a very nice trial.
‘I don’t think Frankie (Dettori) wanted to go out in front. He wanted a feel of the track. I thought his last furlong was his best furlong and he ran out of real estate in the end.’