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Stradivarius, 3-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, retired to stud

Royal Ascot 2020 - Day Three

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Stradivarius ridden by Frankie Dettori on the way to winning the Gold Cup on Day Three of Royal Ascot 2020 at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2020 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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LONDON - Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.

Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.

“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.

Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races - including seven Group One races - and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.