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Who would come out on top if Subjectivist and Stradivarius met again?

The impressive Subjectivist (right) leads home the field in the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday
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'The interference robbed us of what might have been a classic'

It's hard to say with any certainty.

Stradivarius was definitely unlucky and would have finished a lot closer to the winner with a clear run but who knows whether he would have won.

The interference robbed us of what might have been a classic. Subjectivist is a far more straightforward ride and will be able to dictate matters again, but Stradivarius has blown away some similarly talented rivals in the past with his smart turn of foot and might be able to do so again. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Graeme Rodway, deputy betting editor


Watch the Gold Cup replay


'You underestimate Subjectivist at your peril'

Stradivarius was undoubtedly hemmed in at the wrong moment but I think you underestimate Subjectivist at your peril.

He's beaten a wide range of stayers in widely differing conditions. At Longchamp, he won despite half pulling a shoe off and at Meydan he broke Vazirabad's track record.

He seems impervious to ground and at the age of four has plenty of scope for further improvement.

Scott Burton, reporter


Subjectivist routs Ascot rivals with Stradivarius only fourth after luckless run


'I would probably side with Subjectivist'

This comes down to a proven commodity against an improving asset. Subjectivist was truly dominant in a race where he had prime position on the pace before getting first run.

Meanwhile, Stradivarius was always going to need a big dose of luck being tucked in against the rail in the rear third of the chasing pack.  

A rematch would almost certainly be a watching brief for me but on balance I would probably side with Subjectivist, who is without question the coming force of a staying division that simply has not been up to challenging Stradivarius's dominance until now.

Tom Ward, reporter


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