Goodwood Cup: Kyprios denies Stradivarius and Trueshan in thrilling victory for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore

Kyprios landed a pulsating renewal of the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup from Stradivarius to again up his Ascot Gold Cup victory for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

Stradivarius, bidding for a fifth win within the race on the age of eight, went down on his sword having once more discovered somewhat bother in operating, this time underneath Andrea Atzeni as Frankie Dettori watched on from the sidelines.

Although he received to the entrance contained in the final furlong, Kyprios (6/four favorite) stored discovering extra and received his head again in entrance within the final 200 yards to carry on for a neck victory.

Trueshan was given the prospect to defend his crown by coach Alan King and the six-year-old ran a daring race in bidding to win back-to-back renewals, ending a size and 1 / 4 again in third.

Moore holds the winner – who at one stage in his life was seen as a Traditional contender – in very excessive regard.

“Right now is barely his eighth race and he’s solely doing what he has to do,” he mentioned. “It was a steadily-run race and he was in entrance a great distance out. He was simply ready. I all the time really feel I am not going to the underside of him.

“He’s a correct Group One horse and Aidan has all the time had a number of perception within the horse. Initially of the yr he was saying what he thought he might do, so all credit score to him and the crew at residence for getting him again.”

Kyprios and Ryan Moore cross the road in entrance within the Goodwood Cup

O’Brien was successful the Goodwood showpiece for the third time, after the victories of Yeats in 2006 and 2008.

“Kyprios is a good horse. Ryan gave him a good looking experience and he’s solely ever within the gear that you really want him,” mentioned the Ballydoyle handler. “It was nice that all of them got here into the straight. Ryan had Kyprios in a good looking place and he’s a horse that loves a battle.

“He is lazy and if you would like him to remain in first gear he’ll keep in first gear and never go into second gear until you need him – that’s the means he’s and the way in which he has all the time been.

“He saves every little thing and could be very skilled. I might say there’s much more to return. He loves racing, is straightforward on himself and the plan from right here is to go to the Irish St Leger. Kyprios is a stunning horse, a complete skilled, saves all his power and there’s any quantity of enchancment in him.

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore lift the Goodwood Cup
Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore elevate the Goodwood Cup

“He has a number of class, a number of high quality. He has run over two and a half miles at Royal Ascot and two miles right this moment, however we might have had no downside beginning him over a mile and 1 / 4 firstly of the yr, as he has that actual tempo. Nonetheless, you do not see it as he does not present it until you really need it. It is nice to have him.”

He added: “These kind of horses are very particular when you’ve got a horse who stays like that and has that class.”

Kyprios beats Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup
Kyprios beats Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup

Atzeni, who was within the saddle when Stradivarius gained in 2017 and 2018, mentioned: “He ran his coronary heart out once more, the race went fairly easily. The horse I went with adopted the winner, we went a pleasant tempo and 4 out Trueshan arrived on my outdoors, but it surely was a great distance from residence and I didn’t wish to get racing early.

“I adopted him via and my most important problem in the midst of the monitor was that the winner simply went away from us. Perhaps he simply received a bit lonely on his personal, however he ran to the road as a champion and you’ll’t take that away from him.”

King, in the meantime, was taking positives from the run of the Hollie Doyle-ridden Trueshan, who’s all the time at his greatest when there’s real lower within the floor.

“Not joyful to not have gained, but it surely was a hell of a efficiency,” mentioned the Barbury Citadel handler. “It was a correct Goodwood Cup. I believe the bottom (may need led to the defeat), however I used to be joyful to run and haven’t any regrets. We all know he’s a greater horse on comfortable, however no shame right this moment.”

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