Kyprios Secures Third Consecutive Group 1 In Irish St Leger
Kyprios (4c Galileo - Polished Gem, by Danehill) extended an unbeaten four-year-old campaign by recording a third consecutive Group 1 success in Sunday’s Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
Kyprios’s incredible rise through the staying ranks this season saw Aidan O’Brien’s charge sent off favourite for the €500,000 feature race on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend. Ridden to chase the leaders by Ryan Moore, the chesnut was pushed along to lead before the two furlong marker and was ridden out to deny challenger Hamish by three parts of a length. The pair drew seven lengths clear of the winner’s full-sister Search For A Song (Galileo) in third, she having won the 2019 and 2020 renewals.
“He is a very special stayer,” Ryan Moore later declared. “He is such a talented racehorse and such a pleasure to ride. There is so much there, that every time you ask him, he will find a little bit more for you.”
When quizzed on future plans for the winner, Aidan O’Brien said, “Kyprios is only a four-year-old, so for a stayer he is very young. He could go back to a mile and a half, but obviously we would love to have him around for the Gold Cup for the coming years, because he is a unique horse.”
Moyglare Stud’s Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner was at the Curragh to enjoy her homebred’s impressive performance, who she races in partnership with Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Westerberg.