Cirrus lands easy win ahead of Frankel clash
Saturday 6 October 2012
1 Cirrus Des Aigles
2 Hunter's Light
3 Saga Dream
Cirrus Des Aigles made a sensational return after four and a half months off the track to land the Qatar Prix Dollar at Longchamp.
Winner of the Group Two contest in 2010 and just touched off 12 months ago, the six-year-old moved up smoothly for Olivier Peslier early in the straight after Don Bosco had made the running.
Leading two furlongs out, the 4-5 favourite stretched clear in impressive fashion to win easily from the Godolphin-owned Hunter's Light, who stayed on for second ahead of Saga Dream, with John Gosden's Colombian fourth.
Cirrus Des Aigles had last been seen finishing second in the Prix d'Ispahan, following which he was disqualified after testing positive. His trainer Corine Barande-Barbe has strongly denied any wrongdoing and is still trying to get to the bottom of the matter, which is still ongoing.
This race had been seen as a prep for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, which he won last October and in which he is set to clash with the mighty Frankel.
Barande-Barbe said: "It's not very often that you get to see exactly what you want, but that is what happened today. I think that was a very good workout for Ascot and the Champion Stakes."
Asked about plans beyond Ascot, Barande-Barbe said with a smile: "We'll see how far he wins there first!"
Peslier said: "It was all very easy for me today and it's very exciting to be going over to England to race Frankel.
"In England they have Frankel and in France we have Cirrus Des Aigles. He is a very popular horse over here.
"I think because he was gelded, he's been running for a long time and people get to see him a lot."