Stradivarius will parade during QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot

The legendary Stradivarius will parade before the crowd at QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot next Saturday after his retirement announcement last week.

The parade will take place after the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (2pm) and will give fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for the eight-year-old, who will feature at the National Stud from 2023.

Trained by John & Thady Gosden, Stradivarius had a remarkable career on the track, including winning the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup on QIPCO British Champions Day in 2018. He retires with the most wins in the QIPCO British Champions Series in its history with 16 (next best Frankel with nine).

Anna Kerr, Managing Director of Haras National, said: “We are delighted to have a racehorse of the caliber of Stradivarius join the Haras National roster. He consistently demonstrated many of the attributes of his Sea The Stars sire – consistency, toughness and a phenomenal temperament.

“Racing at QIPCO British Champions Day is the perfect opportunity for racing fans to say goodbye to a true icon of our sport.”

Stradivarius owner and breeder Bjorn Nielsen said: “He has been a joy to own. He showed up and ran his race each time with wonderful consistency. The last six years have been an absolute privilege and I particularly want to thank Ascot, Goodwood and York racecourses and everyone who has come out to support him during his career.

“He was a credit to the Gosdens and their Clarehaven staff who managed to sustain his performance and enthusiasm for so long.”

Stradivarius won’t be the only retired superstar racehorse on display at QIPCO British Champions Day, with spectators also getting the chance to meet two Retraining of Racehorse stars in Side Glance and Trip To Paris.

Each now retired and enjoying second careers in show and dressage, the two stars will be based throughout the day on the Motivator Lawn at Ascot – receiving visitors from the public.

The trio will also parade through the paddock after the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes when their exploits on the track are celebrated as we learn more about what they are up to now.

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