Stradivarius had his 20th career success and won a perfect six of six for York in the Paddy Power Yorkshire Cup under Frankie Dettori.
It was a record-breaking performance by the 8-year-old Bjorn Nelson, who came to the front sweetly and finally found enough to claim his 18th European group stage victory.
The whole man John and Thady Gosden trained was early in fourth place, behind Thunderous and Franny Norton who set the pace.
When the pace picked up, Stradivari briefly hit a flat but was quickly back on the reins, De Tori let him pass the gap between the leader and Max Vega with ease and Three furlongs ran.
He made his biggest stride with a quarter of a mile left, but the 6-4 favorite idled at one point as he sprinted to the bleachers and had to dig deeper as the Thunder fought back .
However, he is still some distance from a heroic 17-2 runner-up and will now travel to Royal Ascot in a bid to secure a fourth Gold Cup, for which he was knocked out 3-1 by Betfair .
The Sons of Sea The Stars returned to a huge reception for the Knavesmire crowd after their third Yorkshire Cup victory.
Senior Goldsden said: “He hit a little bit, but it was just a flat spot and next thing you know, he got Frankie out there very quickly. Great, he was a great guy for the crowd, No? Someone asked me what it felt like and I said “like a desert orchid”.
“It’s a pleasure to get six sixths at Knavesmire and to be Europe’s all-time leading group winner horse, it will take some work
“As long as the ground isn’t soft or heavy, we want to keep going to Ascot, it’s always been our plan – run first, then Ascot. We’re always here to say, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood. Hope That was our season and we’ll see.
“He’s a real character, it’s great to win games and gain weight, he gives good ponies 6lbs (search song) and 3lbs for everything else. Let’s hope we get to Ascot and ground Not too deep, I think if he had this ground, he would take a lot of hits.”
He added: “He’s an eight-year-old overall, it would be a different ball game if he were an eight-year-old gelding. He’s doing a good job mentally to get himself there, he knows the gallop , he knows everything goes backwards. I’m very careful with the way I train him, if you try to rub his nose in it, he’ll tell you how to handle the game.
“He had fun riding, his hind legs, every time he saw a pony, he started showing off, but he came here and he was as professional as ever.”
Dettori, who was in flying dismount, said: “John and Thady have to really take all the credit. They changed different things to interest him – work him from the front and back, take him to different places, just to keep him entertained Motivated because he’s been on a six-year run.
“I thought we had him fit, but you don’t know until you try because he’ll take care of himself.
He looked the same as always, traveling with enthusiasm and showing a good turn, then he pulled up in front, but we knew he would.
“My mouth was a little dry and I was emotional, but what an incredible story.
“All roads lead to Ascot, roll the dice again. Let’s hope the ground stays dry.”