Mullins admits Kyprios may be unstoppable in Prix du Cadran


Kyprios has defeated Princess Zoe in three consecutive races

Friday, September 30, 2022
Princess Zoe

Princess Zoe after winning in the The Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April.


Tony Mullins admits it will be difficult for Princess Zoe to stop ‘the new kid to beat’ Kyprios in the Prix du Cadran this Saturday, writes Tom Masters.

It has been a stellar 2022 for Aidan O’Brien’s latest star, with victories coming in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup Stakes and Irish St Leger within just three months of each other. 

That form has seen him stocked as 4/5 favourite for the Group 1 race at Longchamp, as he looks to finish a truly remarkable breakthrough year on a high. 

Compare that to Princess Zoe, who finished sixth in Ascot’s showpiece in June, seventh at Goodwood and sixth at The Curragh all behind Kyprios and you can understand Mullins’ obvious respect for the breakthrough star. 

He told Sky Sports Racing: "Stradivarius' run had to come to the end so there was always going to be a new kid to beat and Kyprios seems to be the one. 

"We're going over to try and beat Kyprios but in reality, if we could be second to him then that's about as much as we can hope for.

“He looks to me like an absolute champion and he has danced every dance all throughout the season.” 

For many, the prospect of the likely very heavy ground at Longchamp has brought understandable concern, but Mullins believes it could well play into the hands of his stable star, who comes into the race as fourth favourite at 16/1. 

 

 

"She is actually better with softer conditions because a good test of stamina is what brings out the best in her,” he said.

“People forget that she won the Sagaro on good to firm and was second in the Ascot Gold Cup last year on good to firm so it's not that she doesn't act on it. 

“But she is just better than the others when it comes to a real test of stamina." 

Wherever she finishes this weekend, Mullins insists this will not be the end of the seven-year old’s career but admits the trip to Paris could be the last seen of the mare in 2022. 

"It'll be a tough ask to go back to England (to race at Champions Day) in a fortnight, but she is tough, so we'll have a look,” he said.

We're going over to try and beat Kyprios but in reality, if we could be second to him then that's about as much as we can hope for.

- Tony Mullins on Princess Zoe's chances in the Prix du Cadran

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