Stradivarius pulled off a dramatic piece of racing history with a memorable performance to win his fourth successive Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.

Sent off the 4-7 favourite, John Gosden's brilliant stayer faced a major challenge on paper from Aidan O'Brien's Royal Ascot and Irish Derby winner Santiago - as a three-year-old in receipt of 15lb.

Frankie Dettori and the three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner had plenty on their plate in the two-mile showpiece, forced into fifth on the inside of the field as several rivals came from off the pace which was set by Nayef Road and Santiago.

They managed to extricate themselves just in time, however, and 4-7 favourite Stradivarius produced a trademark change of gear to move past both in some style.

Nayef Road again had to settle for the runner-up spot, as at Ascot earlier this month, but this time was seen off by just a length, with another length and a quarter back to Santiago. 

Frankie Dettori told ITV Racing afterwards: "What a horse, giving 15lb away. Everybody rode to beat me and he still gets out and wins. What can you say, he's an amazing horse.

"What he has done he's broken records - well done to Bjorn Nielsen, the owner-breeder."

He added: "You go from a superstar like Enable to an absolute champion like this horse in three days. It's the stuff of dreams.

"I know I've got a good partner and I just had to be patient. When you've got good horses the gaps will come. I've been in that position before. It's not nice to be in those positions, but he got out and he won

A relieved and delighted John Gosden said: "It looked like he was boxed in - which maybe he was - but the key thing when you're tracking a horse like Santiago, who is in receipt of 15lb, what you must not do is attack two and a half to three furlongs down and turn it into a real slog.

"Nayef Road ran a blinder again right beside us, and I think it was right to wait. When he hits the front now he thinks that's it.

"It was a great performance under that weight.

"It was a big ask for what is not a huge horse - quite the opposite, he's neat and petite."

The winning trainer also revealed Stradivarius has booked his ticket to take on illustrious stablemate Enable in this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.

He said: "(Owner) Mr (Bjorn) Nielsen and I have discussed it.

"Weatherbys Hamilton were fantastic putting up two bonuses (for the stayers' division). It was great of them to do it - but that has gone now.

"Consequently Mr Nielsen wants to go for the Prix Foy in the middle of September, Arc trial and (then) run him in the Arc."