A dominant Kyprios survived a late scare to ease to Parisian
glory by winning the Qatar Prix du Cadran, writes Jack Lacey-Hatton.
Aidan O’Brien’s staying king made it a super six for the year, holding a 20-length winning margin over 100-1 shot Almacado Gree despite hanging dramatically towards the stands in the closing stages.
The odds-on favourite had already built such a huge lead, his late dalliance didn’t matter, with Ryan Moore steering the superstar four-year-old to an eighth career win and his fourth at the highest level.
“He (Kyprios) is an incredible stayer,” O’Brien said. “He has a massive engine and Ryan gave him a lovely ride.
“He rode him handy, they went a good gallop and then they fell away just before turning in and he just got left in front.
“But he's incredible, his capacity for covering distance is massive, his heart and lung capacity must be unbelievable. He has a great mind and he just got lonely up the straight.
“He lost his shoe on the way up the straight which might have been why he did that.”
Fellow Irish raider Princess Zoe travelled well for much of the two-mile four-furlong contest but faded to finish fourth for Tony Mullins.
Henry de Bromhead’s Lismore made the running early on but came home fifth.
Kyprios, on the other hand, remains unbeaten in a sensational 2022, also winning the Ascot Gold Cup, Irish St. Leger and Goodwood Cup, but this performance marked a change from the norm.
Used to winning by close margins, this time the staying king gave a controlled display under Moore, entering the home straight with a lead of six lengths that only grew with each stride.
That was until his bizarre veer towards the crowd in the closing stages, meaning the margin of victory was not as wide as it should have been, but Kyprios was never in any serious danger of throwing this one away.