“It is now about putting the finishing touches to him to get him to perfection for Cheltenham. Like a lot of horses, it has taken him a while to get to that mature stage, but he is there now.
“Kauto Star was seven when he won his first Gold Cup, and this horse is the same age, so we are very much where we want to be.”
Cyrname produced a tremendous front-running display for a wide-margin victory in the Betfair Ascot Chase.
A field of six runners went to post for the Grade One feature – with Cyrname one of two runners for Nicholls, along with Politologue.
Harry Cobden – bidding for a big-race double, having earlier steered Clan Des Obeaux to victory – sent 3-1 shot Cyrname straight to the lead, and it was clear some way from home that he had his rivals on the stretch.
Ruth Jefferson’s stable star, Waiting Patiently, had been the 11-8 favourite to claim this prize for the second year in succession.
However, he was being niggled along racing down the back straight – and while he responded to pressure to move into second at the top of the home straight, Cyrname was away and gone – powering clear to win by a jaw-dropping 17 lengths.