Aidan O’Brien refused to rule out a crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for Kyprios after the all-conquering star coasted to Irish St. Leger victory at the Curragh, writes Ben Hart.
Sunday’s victory at Longines Irish Champions Weekend marked the latest scalp in a superb season, as the four-year-old cemented his status as the leading stayer of 2022.
O’Brien’s sixth Irish St. Leger crown is the latest in a string of impressive victories from Kyprios, and the master of Ballydoyle says a place in Europe’s most prestigious all-aged race could be next on the agenda.
Discussing the future plans for his prized asset, O’Brien said: “You have an option of going to the Arc, depending on what everyone wants to do.
“Hopefully we’ll have him next year as he would be an exciting horse to have for the [Ascot] Gold Cup again.
“We’ll see how he comes out, see how he trains and what everyone thinks. All the options are there. We’ll play it by ear.
“It’s hard to know how much is in there but he’s very professional, uncomplicated horse, very tough, vey genuine.
“We’re delighted, Ryan (Moore) gave him a great ride. It’s very exciting to have him.”
Kyprios, who dropped back in trip for this 1m 6f contest, has already shown oodles of stamina and a turn of pace to match the very best and justified his tag as red-hot favourite in the 11-strong field.
The chasing pack kept pace with the Ascot Gold Cup winner until the final two furlongs before he eased clear on what was just his ninth start.
William Haggas’ Hamish pushed Kyprios closest but the all-conquering thoroughbred dug deep to secure victory.
Having enjoyed such great success at a young age, Kyprios has drawn comparisons to four-time Gold Cup winner Yeats, and O’Brien admits can see some similarities between the decorated pair.
“Obviously he gets the trip very well and Yeats did,” he added.
“He’s very relaxed and Yates is very relaxed and I suppose both of them have won all those types of races.
“He’s only a four-year-old. For a stayer, a four-year-old is very young, so obviously when you get a horse that can get the Gold Cup trip is unique. He is so young and there’s not a lot of miles on him.”