Aidan O’Brien looks forward to Kyprios star’s next Prix du Cadran mission | horse racing news

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Kyprios: set to fly to France for the Prix du Cadran at Arc day

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Aidan O’Brien has resisted the temptation to suffer a crack at the Arc with Kyprios, but the superstar will be at Longchamp for one of the biggest weekends of European racing as he will likely line up for the Prix du Cadran.

Kyprios have dominated the rest of the division this season with wins in the Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Irish St Leger.

O’Brien has placed the Order of St George in the arc twice in 2016 and 2017 after running in the Irish St Leger but will not do the same with Kyprios.

O’Brien told the Racing Post on Sunday: “Arc is where Luxembourg is so it’s very likely that Kyprios will go to Cadran. That’s the way we’re thinking at the moment anyway.

“He’s very uncomplicated. He’s got a beautiful mind and he’s a nice engine, he’s just a nice horse and he seems to have come out of the corrag very well. We were very happy with him.”

Kadran is one of the very rare omissions in O’Brien’s resume. Yates was defeated in it when he was sent off at odds in 2007 and 2008, while finishing third in the race in the final round of his career the following season.

Paddy Power trimmed Kyprios to 11-10 (from 2-1) for the race, which includes potential rivals Quickthorn, Trueshan, Tashkhan and Coltrane.

Kadran runs on the same 2m4f flight as the Gold Cup, in which he beats Mojo Star by half the length with Stradivarius back in third place.

O’Brien also had good news regarding Luxembourg, who were said to have been knocked out of their Irish Champion’s victory last weekend.

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O’Brien said of his new favorite Arc: “Everything looks so good with Luxembourg. It was great to see him come out of the race so well, Kylian and Derek. [Hennessy] Very happy with him. Wayne [Lordan] He rode it on his first run after the race and was very happy too.”

Another of O’Brien’s winners at the Irish Champions Weekend was August Rodin, who is now a 7-1 candidate for next year’s derby with Buddy Power. His next trip will take place in either Darley Dewhurst Stakes or Vertem Futurity.

O’Brien said, “We’ve been talking during the week about him and he’s going to either Dewhurst or Doncaster. We were happy with what he did in Leopardstown because he’s been out for a long time since his Naas win and he’s been in great demand. He was race ready, so it was great to see him win the way he did.” It’s a horse we’ve always loved.”

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