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"I didn’t think we would get him to where he is now" - Kyprios to return in Irish St Leger

31 Aug 2023
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Jon Vine 31 Aug 2023
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  • Read key quotes from Ireland's Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien
  • Kyprios has been sidelined since his stunning 2022 campaign came to an end
  • O'Brien has said that his star stayer could return in the Irish St Leger
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Ryan Moore riding Kyprios win The Comer Group International Irish St. Leger at Curragh Racecourse. (Getty)

Top stayer Kyprios could make his first appearance of the season in the Irish St Leger on day two of Irish Champions Weekend.

Aidan O'Brien's star dominated the staying division during 2022. Kyprios followed wins in the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup with victory in last year's Irish St Leger, before rounding off his season with a stunning 20-length triumph in the Prix du Cadran.

O'Brien's five-year-old has been sidelined with an injury since those heroics at Longchamp. Speaking to the press this week, Ireland's Champion Trainer issued a positive bulletin on his stable star and confirmed that Kyprios could make his reappearance on day two of Irish Champions Weekend.

"Kyprios worked at the Curragh a couple of weeks ago and he's in good shape." O'Brien revealed. "I didn’t think we would get him to where he is now, but he could run in the Irish St Leger."

"Four months ago, you would have said he’ll never race again. He got an infection in his joint and it had to be washed out. Then the ligament down the outside shifted so the pastern joint became unstable. Everyone has done a wonderful job with him."

If Kyprios' comeback run in that Classic goes smoothly, then O'Brien has already set his sights on Longchamp. A surprise tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was being considered, but O'Brien told the press that a return to the Cadran was much more realistic.

"We wouldn’t run him in the Leger unless we were happy that he could run a good race. If that happens we could look at Arc weekend again. You could run in the Cadran or the Arc, but I would imagine the Arc would be too much too quick for him."

"The Arc was always in the back of our heads with him, but we don’t want to turn the screw too tight in case it set him back."

Hamish, who Kyprios beat narrowly in the race 12 months ago, is the favourite to win the 2023 Irish St Leger, ahead of the defending champion and his stablemate, Emily Dickinson. The full betting for the 2023 Irish St Leger can be found here on our website.

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