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Gosden left with regrets after Stradivarius Gold Cup defeat

Thu 16 Jun 2022
  Kyprios and Ryan Moore have the Gold Cup in their grasp  (focusonracing.com)
Kyprios and Ryan Moore have the Gold Cup in their grasp (focusonracing.com)

Kyprios held off Mojo Star and Stradivarius to claim the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

Having gone a slow pace there were plenty in with chances turning into the straight, as the mare Princess Zoe just about hit the front a furlong out looking to go one better than 12 months ago.

She was soon headed by Kyprios, but Mojo Star, second in the Derby and St Leger last year, and eventually Stradivarius having had to be switched for a run, threw down their challenge.

But it was not to be, as the 13-8 favourite held on for a famous win by half a length with another three-quarters of a length back to Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius, who was bidding to join the O’Brien-trained Yeats as a four-time winner.

Moore told ITV Racing: "It wasn't a nice race to ride. Kyprios stepped slow for him which was unusual. I didn't like the position I was in. I knew I had Frankie on my inside and they were going slow up front.

"I had to move him to the outside and I don't like doing that, but I felt I had to keep Kyprios going.

"He's got there and Mojo Star has come to us and this fella kicked in then and it was comfortable at the line.

"It wasn't a true test today, I don't think we saw the best of him. I'm glad he has come over here and won - there are plenty more good days to be had with him.

"He is brave. It was a more complicated race than it should have been. I think he was much the best."

O'Brien said: "Ryan gave Kyprios a great ride. He saved him, held him and controlled the race.

"I'm delighted for everyone. It's brilliant. Everyone is here and he is a very brave horse.

"We thought he would be (a Gold Cup horse) last year. We took him here last year, but he came out underneath the stalls. His back was badly bruised and he didn't get to race any more.

"He missed the St Leger last year, so it was always the plan that we would train him with this race in mind and give him two preps for it.

"Everything went great and we think he is a horse who will come on more.

"Its incredible and it was great Stradivarius was here and he ran in this race. It makes these races even more special and incredible. I'm delighted for all the lads and the team."

Dettori: There was "nowhere to go"

Dettori felt Stradivarius had enjoyed a less than ideal passage, but it had not cost him the race.

He said: "Stradivarius ran good. I had an inside draw and I had to be careful with what I was doing.

"The pace wasn't that strong and in the end there was nowhere to go, so I had to take him on the outside which cost me a little bit.

"I don't think (it cost me the race). The younger horses had fresher legs. I didn't make too much headway when I pulled him out, only maybe half a length and as we got to the line they were going stronger than me.

"He has been a good hero, he has been magnificent for racing and a brilliant horse. He just got beat today, he tried and went down fighting.

"He has been a star. You have to pass on the baton to the younger ones. He did his best and we're very proud of him."

Gosden: I wish we would had been a little handier

gosden and dettori

John Gosden said: “I think there was no real pace. I was bit surprised from having been in the box seat that we dropped back so far. The problem is when they sprint, you had to come wide to get a run and he had to come widest of all.

"He had a chance the last furlong and the race slipped on him. They had gone a steady pace. Stradivarius is a great horse to get here and to now run in five Gold Cups. To have the longevity he has had. He came back in and had a neigh, so he seems happy.

"Great credit to the horse and the owner/breeder to keep him racing. There are younger horses there that are first and second. I just wish we had been a little handier and not had to go through a wall of horses."

Mojo Star runs blinder on return

Kia Joorabchian, who owns the second through his Amo Racing team, said: "Mojo Star hasn't run for an awfully long time. It was his first run this year so to run like that and get the trip was amazing.

"I think if he had a run, he would have been right up there. He is a big, strong horse. Richard (Hannon) has done a great job with him and Rossa (Ryan) has given him a great ride.

"He has never let us down in the Derby, the St Leger. He has had a lot of seconds, but he is going to get there.

"We'll leave future plans to Richard Hannon and see how he goes."

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