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Trainer John Gosden
Trainer John Gosden

By Nick Grant

Stradivarius is impossible to oppose as he makes a surprise appearance in the Magners Rose Doncaster Cup.

John Gosden's remarkable five-year-old has earned himself legendary status over the past couple of seasons by completely dominating the staying division.

In 2018 Stradivarius won the Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup to land a huge bonus through the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million - before adding the Long Distance Cup to his seasonal haul, just for good measure.

Incredibly, the chestnut has successfully defended his title in the first four races this season to pick up the £1million bonus again, and all roads looked back to be heading back to Champions Day at Ascot next month for what could potentially be his swansong.

However, just three weeks after his latest triumph in the Knavesmire, Bjorn Nielsen's pride and joy will bid to add his name to the roll of honour in another prestigious staying race on Town Moor - and it is difficult to envisage a scenario where he will be beaten.

With Stradivarius expected to bypass Doncaster, it looked the perfect opportunity for old foe Dee Ex Bee to enjoy his day in the sun, having chased home the Gosden ace at Ascot, Goodwood and York.

Sadly for his connections, however, he may now be forced to play the bridesmaid role once again, with Stradivarius possessing a potent blend of speed and stamina that makes him such an irresistible force.

A'Ali looks to hold every chance in the Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes.

The Simon Crisford-trained youngster has barely put a foot wrong this season and sets a high standard in this Group Two affair.

Second first time up in a good little race at Ripon, the Society Rock colt went on to record victories in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Robert Papin at Deauville.

Close attention should be paid to the winner of the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Flying Scotsman Stakes.

The seven-furlong contest was won by the one and only Frankel in 2010 and has thrown up smart winners since then, too - with subsequent Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win scoring in 2017 and Royal Ascot victor Sangarius doing the business 12 months ago.

Molatham might be the one for this year's running, having built on the abundant promise of his runner-up finish behind the hugely exciting Mums Tipple on his Ascot debut with victory in the usually-informative Convivial Maiden at York.

If he can follow up at Listed level, he will be likely to take his chance in one of the big juvenile events at the end of the season.

SELECTIONS

CHESTER: 1.50 Cognac, 2.25 Embolden, 3.00 Trinity Lake, 3.30 Blonde Warrior, 4.05 Two Bids, 4.40 Hereby, 5.15 Calder Prince.

DONCASTER: 2.10 Pretty Baby, 2.40 Saroog, 3.10 Stradivarius, 3.45 A'ALI (NAP), 4.20 Molatham, 4.55 Arabian Moon, 5.30 Flavius Titus, 6.00 Storting.

LISTOWEL: 1.55 Elite Legion, 2.30 Emphatic, 3.05 Aim For Glory, 3.40 Hazakiyra, 4.15 Last Goodbye, 4.50 Golazo, 5.25 Qui Bono, 5.55 Bold Pearl.

SALISBURY: 4.35 Red Missile, 5.10 Qaaddim, 5.40 Companion, 6.10 Molly's Game, 6.40 King's Advice, 7.10 Good Tidings.

SANDOWN: 2.20 Sand Diego, 2.50 Rewaayat, 3.20 Campari, 3.55 Casanova, 4.30 Boy In The Bar, 5.05 Hunni, 5.35 Secret Art.

DOUBLE: A'Ali and Molatham (both Doncaster)

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