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Kyprios on course for Ascot Gold run

The Moyglare Stud team are excited to see Kyprios bid for Gold Cup glory at Royal Ascot next month.

Having been off the track since suffering injury before the Queen’s Vase at the Royal meeting last year, the Galileo colt made a successful return to action when seeing off his full-sister Search For A Song – a dual winner of the Irish St Leger – in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in April.

Kyprios, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien and jointly-owned by Moyglare and Coolmore’s John Magnier and Michael Tabor, further enhanced his Gold Cup claims with a wide-margin victory in the Saval Beg at Leopardstown and connections are looking forward to the big day.

“He misbehaved at Ascot last year. He didn’t break anything, but he was very sore. He was a very buzzy sort, but he’s changed,” said Moyglare’s Fiona Craig.

“He won in a really good time at Leopardstown, Ascot is the plan for him I think and we’ll see what happens on the day.”

Kyprios is a best priced 4-1 for the Gold Cup with bet365, slotting him in as their second-favourite between Trueshan and triple Gold Cup winner Stradivarius.

Having seen the remarkable Stradivarius prove he is no back number when beating Search For A Song in the Yorkshire Cup last week, Craig admits he is a formidable obstacle for Kyprios to overcome.

Kyprios did everything asked of him at Leopardstown
Kyprios did everything asked of him at Leopardstown (PA)

She added: “Hats off to John Gosden – that is some training feat with a horse like him (Stradivarius). He reminded me now of what Yeats looked like as as an eight-year-old – a bit sort of stud-type horse.

“When he was walking round the paddock I was impressed with him, but I was thinking ‘I wonder how fit he is?’ – then we found out!

“The Gold Cup should be a very good race, particularly if they get the usual ground as I think Stradivarius will fly then. How a horse of that size and substance can love that fast ground, it’s hard to believe, but that’s what he wants.

“I think Aidan wants to go there with Kyprios and we don’t get too involved with where he’s going.”

The Moyglare camp have plenty to look forward to in advance of the Royal meeting, with Homeless Songs on course for this weekend’s Irish 1,000 Guineas and Thoughts Of June bound for the Cazoo Oaks in little over a fortnight’s time.

The latter earned her ticket to Epsom by winning the Cheshire Oaks on her latest appearance and is widely available to back at 16-1.

Craig said: “It’s interesting as we’ve got horses scattered all over the place and we’ve got an interesting few weeks coming up.

“As long as they all stay healthy and sound, then there are races to be won with them. They may not all be Group One horses, but there are races to be won with them.

“Aidan has got a group of them going for the Oaks, but he said to me Thoughts Of June is towards the top of that group, so we’ll see.”

Thoughts Of June states Classic case with Cheshire Oaks verdict

Thoughts Of June dominated from the front to provide trainer Aidan O’Brien with a seventh victory in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Cheshire Oaks.

Without a win in three previous outings, the daughter of Galileo was last seen finishing second to the reopposing Above The Curve in a Leopardstown maiden four weeks ago.

Above The Curve, trained by Joseph O’Brien, was the 5-4 favourite to cement her status as a leading contender for the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom, while Thoughts Of June was a 7-1 shot under Ryan Moore.

Seemingly keen to ensure the mile-and-a-half contest was a stern test of stamina, Moore bustled his mount away from the starting stalls to get to the lead and she remained there throughout.

Having been ridden with more restraint by Shane Crosse, Above The Curve moved stylishly into Thoughts Of June’s slipstream rounding the home turn and looked sure to pick her up in the short straight.

But the market leader hung slightly when coming under pressure and did not pick up as expected in the rain-softened ground, allowing the Ballydoyle runner to see her off by a neck.

Paddy Power cut Thoughts Of June’s Epsom Oaks odds to 16-1 from 66-1 while easing Above The Curve to 14-1 from 12s.

Both the winner and the runner-up are part-owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

Thoughts Of June leads the way in the Cheshire Oaks
Thoughts Of June leads the way in the Cheshire Oaks (Tim Goode/PA)

Coolmore’s UK representative, Kevin Buckley, said of Thoughts Of June: “I think we have to be thinking of Epsom. Aidan will have a chat with the owners, which include our partners Moyglare Stud, but I think on that performance we’d have to head to Epsom.

“Aidan always felt that stepping her up in trip would be to her liking, he thought she’d handle it here round the bends and Ryan was very happy.

“We made plenty of use of her last time at Leopardstown, so that was always the plan to do that today but she’s fairly versatile I would imagine.

“We’ll have to see what else happens in the trials. We were very happy with Tuesday in the Guineas and she seems to have come out of it well. We’re looking forward to June.”

O’Brien said: “We’ve always liked her a lot and I loved her run the first day back at Leopardstown behind Joseph’s filly.

“I thought she’d come forward from that and she clearly did.

“She got a great ride from Ryan and they are obviously two very good fillies as Joseph’s ran a great race too.

“We’d been thinking of the Oaks for her and that was the reason for sending her to Chester, to see if she’d handle it and it was going to teach her plenty.

“I haven’t had chance to speak to Ryan but she seemed to handle the ground fine and seems versatile.”