Kyprios landed a pulsating renewal of the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup from Stradivarius to back up his Ascot Gold Cup victory for Aidan O’Brien and also Ryan Moore.
Stradivarius, bidding process for a 5th win in the race at the age of eight, decreased on his sword having actually once more found a little difficulty in running, this moment under Andrea Atzeni as Frankie Dettori viewed on from the sidelines.
Though he got to the front inside the last furlong, Kyprios (6-4 favourite) maintained locating even more as well as got his head back in front in the last 200 yards to hang on for a neck victory.
Trueshan was provided with the chance to defend his crown by fitness instructor Alan King and the six-year-old ran a bold race in bidding to win back-to-back revivals, ending up a length as well as a quarterback in 3rd.
Moore holds the victor– who at one phase in his life was viewed as a Traditional competitor– is real prestige.
” Today is just his eighth race and he is only doing what he needs to do,” he said.
” It was a steadily-run race as well as he remained in front a long way out. He was just waiting. I always feel I’m not going to the bottom of him.
” He is a correct Group One steed and Aidan has always had a great deal of belief in the steed. At the beginning of the year he was saying what he believed he might do, so all credit to him and the group at home for obtaining him back.”
O’Brien was winning the Goodwood showpiece for the 3rd time, after the victories of Yeats in 2006 as well as 2008.
” Kyprios is a great equine. Ryan offered him a gorgeous flight and also he is just ever before in the equipment that you want him,” stated the Ballydoyle trainer.
” It was great that they all entered the straight. Ryan had Kyprios in a beautiful position and he is a horse that likes a battle.
” He’s lazy and also if you want him to stay in initial equipment he will certainly stay in initial equipment as well as not enter into second gear unless you want him– that is the means he is and also the method he has constantly been.
” He conserves whatever and also is extremely professional. I would certainly say there’s a lot even more ahead. He likes racing and is easy on himself as well as the plan from here is to go to the Irish St Leger. Kyprios is a wonderful steed, a total specialist, conserves all his power and there is any kind of amount of improvement in him.
” He has a lot of class, a lot of top quality. He has actually run over 2 and a half miles at Royal Ascot and two miles today, but we would certainly have had no worry beginning him over a mile as well as a quarter at the beginning of the year, as he has that actual rate. Nonetheless, you don’t see it as he does not reveal it unless you really want it. It’s great to have him.”
He included: “Those types of steeds are extremely special when you have a steed that stays like that as well as has that course.
” He would have no problem returning to a mile and a half, yet the strategy was always to be a Cup steed. He stays and he has a huge engine and also he has a great deal of class and also a lot of high quality.
” After the Irish St Leger we can do a lot of things afterwards, he has entries. He has lots of courses for those races.
” A little of the concern was Stradivarius was a bit away, Ryan saw him but whether Kyprios saw him was the thing. But Ryan had a little when he desired.
” This sort of steed to get beyond a mile and also a half is really distinct.”
Atzeni, that was in the saddle when Stradivarius won in 2017 as well as 2018, claimed: “He ran his heart out again, the race went quite efficiently. The steed I went with adhered to the winner, we went a good speed and also four out Trueshan arrived on my outside, yet it was a long way from the house, I did not want to get competing early.
” I followed him with and also my major obstacle in the middle of the track was that the winner simply quit us. Possibly he simply got a little bit lonely on his own, yet he ran to the line as a champ and you can’t take that far from him.”
King, on the other hand, was taking positives from the run of the Hollie Doyle-ridden Trueshan, who is always at his finest when there is a real cut in the ground.
” Not delighted not to have won, however, it was a heck of an efficiency,” stated the Barbury Castle handler.
” It was a correct Goodwood Cup. I believe the ground (may have led to the defeat), yet I am more than happy to run and also have no regrets. We understand he is a far better equine on soft, yet no shame today.”