Gold Cup Hero Kyprios Set for Goodwood as O'Brien Readies Strong Squad


Aidan O'Brien | Emma Berry

Aidan O'Brien is readying a strong squad for Goodwood, which will be spearheaded by Kyprios (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Order Of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}).

Kyprios is a warm order to build on his G1 Gold Cup triumph at Royal Ascot when he lines out in the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup while Order Of Australia is on course to run in the G1 Qatar Sussex S.

O'Brien said, “We are happy with Kyprios and the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup has always been the plan since Ascot.

“The plan is for Order Of Australia to run in the Sussex S., provided everything goes well between now and then. He has come out of the Curragh well.”

O'Brien has a number of high-class entries across the week, with Concert Hall (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) set to tackle Thursday's G1 Qatar Nassau S. after finishing fourth in the GI Belmont Oaks earlier in the month, while New York City (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) could move up in trip for the seven-furlong G2 World Pool Lennox S. after coming home last in the G2 Sapphire S. over the minimum trip last Saturday.

Irish Oaks fourth Emily Dickinson (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) is another who could make a swift return stepping back up to 14 furlongs in the G2 Qatar Lillie Langtry S.

O'Brien said, “The plan at the moment is for Concert Hall to run in the Nassau. She is just back from America and seems very well, so we are thinking of letting her take her chance.

“New York City has a couple of entries and, if he is to go anywhere, it would probably be the Lennox. We will speak to Ryan [Moore] closer to the time and see what the race looks like.

“Emily Dickinson is a possible for the Lillie Langtry. She only ran last weekend and we are just going to see how she is, but she is in good form and the trip will suit.”

O'Brien has three contenders for the G2 Japan Racing Association Vintage S., headed by last Saturday's impressive Curragh scorer Hans Andersen (GB) (Frankel {GB}).

Age Of Kings (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) was a beaten favourite in the Tyros S. on Thursday evening, with his other entry Greenland (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}) yet to get his head in front.

O'Brien added, “We have not decided about the Vintage S. yet. Hans Andersen only won last weekend whereas Greenland is still a maiden and the other horse [Age Of Kings] ran at Leopardstown last night. We will decide nearer the time.

“The Vintage S. is a prestigious race and we like to have something good for it. If a horse does go to stud, it looks very good on their CV.”

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