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Kyprios wins Gold Cup as Stradivarius falls short of record

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Kyprios gave coach Aidan O’Brien a record by extending an eighth Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday, while Stradivari missed out on a record-tying fourth victory with a valiant third.

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Frankie Dettori on the Stradivarius was shaded and locked onto the rails by Kyprios rider Ryan Moore for the duration of the race.

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However, Moore was in the best position to challenge in a straight line and was the first to get past Dettori and his rivals.

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As Moore took the lead pursued by Rossa Ryan at the Mojo Star, Dettori had to take the Stradivarius to the widest of them all using precious space, and by the time there was a clean run, the first two were gone.

Although Stradivari regained his ground, it was too late and Kyprios emerged as a worthy winner while Mojo Star had to settle for second place, as they did last year in Derby and St. Leger.

For Stradivari, this was his last chance to match the record of Yeats (2006-09), who was coached by O’Brien, as he would retire later in the season.

Dettori took the loss more philosophically than he did a year ago when he finished fourth and was criticized for being trapped on the rails.

The Stradivarius was still returning to the loud applause in the parade arena as it had been before the race.

“He ran well, but I had nowhere to go and I had to go outside,” Dettori said.

“It cost me, but I don’t think he would have won.

“He was a good hero, he was great at racing and he was a brilliant horse. He just got beat up today, he tried and lost in a fight.”

Dettori looked much happier than Moore, despite the latter being the winning jockey.

“It was not the most pleasant race,” said Moore, who won the race for the third time.

“I had to move it outside, which I don’t like to do, but I didn’t have a choice.

“It wasn’t a real challenge and I don’t think you saw the best in it.”

feet / dj


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