|Monday 16th December 2019|
Cyrname favourite for King George following ending Altior winning run
It really has been a remarkable rise to the top for Cyrname, who only one year ago was well beaten in a handicap at Ascot off an official rating of just 150. This saw him run seventh and nearly 15 lengths behind the winner Caid du Lin. Since this defeat, Cyrname has completely transformed and won three races in succession in very impressive fashion, culminating in an RPR high of 181.
Cyrname started this winning run with a 21 length victory in a handicap at Ascot in January, when beating the likes of BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase winner Happy Diva. This saw him give her nearly a stone and a 21 ½ length beating, which gives an indication of just how impressive this performance was. Cyrname was awarded an RPR of 178 for this performance as he instantly became one of the leading horses in training.
This remarkable rise is staggering as in the space of 56 days, Cyrname improved from running to a mark of 147 up to 178. The following month Cyrname was then sent to contest the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase, which included a strong line up with the likes of Waiting Patiently, Fox Norton and Politologue.
Cyrname was sent off the marginal favourite and well back with punters using the age of gods free spins offers to boost their balances. As is customary, Cyrname jumped off in front and attempted to make all. He put in a faultless round of jumping to draw effortlessly clear from two out and win impressively by 17 lengths unchallenged. This performance was incredible and saw him given a career best RPR of 181 and made him the top rated horse in training.
Following wind surgery and a 280 day break he returned to contest the Grade Two Cristy 1965 Chase at Ascot, which also saw the much anticipated clash with Altior. This meant a clash between the two highest rated chasers in training. Cyrname was made the underdog and on the day it was Altior who continued to be well supported into the 1/3 favourite, with Cyrname available at 5/2 on the off. Despite this, he again looked to make all and despite one error he was near faultless. Under Harry Cobden he was shaken up approaching two out and drew three lengths clear. He then put in an excellent jump at the last to seal the victory, with Altior battling on well to a 2 ¼ length defeat.
This victory meant Cyrname ended the 19 race winning run of Altior and further cemented himself as the leading chaser at present. Next up for Cyrname is likely to be the King George at Kempton on Boxing day, which will also be a step up in trip. Cyrname is the favourite for the race but will still have questions to answer as to whether he can show this improved form away from his beloved Ascot.