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Kyprios glorious for Aidan O’Brien at Goodwood


Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien


GLORIOUS GOODWOOD is one of the best endowed flat meetings in Britain, with over €6m in the prize fund backed by Qatar money.

And Aidan O’Brien had a winner from just four runners during the week, but it was the one that really mattered, the £500,000 Gold Cup.

Four-year-old Kyprios (6/4f) under Ryan Moore confirmed that he is the new king of middle- and long-distance flat racing, building on his earlier victory in the Ascot Gold Cup against a stellar Goodwood field in an outstanding race.

They took it up two furlongs out and, although it was close at the end, never looked like being passed. They had a neck to spare over the outstanding eigh-year-old, Stradivarius (9/2), going for a fifth win in the race with Andrea Atzeni replacing Frankie Dettori. Holder Trushan (2/1) was third under Hollie Doyle.

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Aidan was very impressed: “Kyprios is a great horse... he’s lazy and only does what he has to, but he loves a battle. I would say there is a lot more to come. After the Irish St. Leger there are lots of other options for him.”

Princess Zoe (25/1), trained by Tony Mullins for Glynn’s Paddy Kehoe and his sister Patricia, did not get home and possibly did not act on the good ground. Her best runs have mostly been on much softer going.

I wonder if Paddy, who has a real love affair with Cheltenham, might start to reconsider directing his Group 1 flat winner towards next year’s jumps festival as an eight-year-old. Time is running out on this option.

Of Aidan’s other three runners, Emily Dickinson (13/8f) was third of seven in the Group 2 Lily Langtry Stakes on Saturday, but Concert Hall (11/2) and Order of Australia (20/1) were tailed off last in their Group 1 races.

Pat Dobbs from Enniscorthy had nine rides for Richard Hannon at Goodwood, most of them outsiders, but he displayed his abilities with a winner and a second from his better chances.

He drove home Trillium (7/1) to win the £75,000 Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, a five-furlong sprint. He was beaten by a neck on Saturday on Classic (4/5f) in the seven-furlong stakes by Andrew Balding’s The Foxes (5/1)

Donagh O’Connor from New Ross had the experience of riding in the 28-runner Stewards Cup at Goodwood on Saturday aboard John McConnell’s outsider, Coachella (66/1), but got swallowed up as the field converged towards the end. His middle-of-the-track draw did not help.

O’Connor was a close-up second at Galway on Tuesday in a 16-runner, seven-furlong handicap on Shawaamekh (15/2) for Johnny Levins, beaten half a length by Wayne Lordan on Dunum (5/1) after making much of the running.

Jim Bolger sent eleven runners to Galway and had to wait until Saturday for his winner in a one-mile two-year-old maiden, with Serious Challenge (9/2) under Kevin Manning getting the better of a good duel with Aidan O’Brien’s hotshot, Hiawatha (8/15). The horse had run third earlier in the week.

This win by the homebred son of Fracas, running in the colours of Jim’s wife Jackie, was a poignant occasion for the Bolger family. Jim’s daughter Una, married to jockey Manning, revealed afterwards that Jim’s brother Paddy had died a few hours earlier.

“He was the person who ran the foaling operation for Jim at the Oylegate stud, assisted by his wife Marguerite and son Ken. He always came to Galway and they loved the meeting. I want to pay tribute to him and this win was especially for him.”

Pegasus offers sincere condolences to all the Bolger family on this bereavement, especially Paddy’s wife, son, and daughter Annmarie, and his extended family and friends. The funeral and interment took place at Oylegate on Monday.

O’Brien sent ten runners to Galway and had a frustrating week with no winner and four seconds, the others being Samuel Pepys (9/2), beaten by almost three lengths; Ark (17/2) under Wayne Lordan, beaten by a neck by Jessica Harrington’s Willamette Valley (15/2); and Dower House (5/6f), well beaten by Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra (7/2).