Cirrus Des Aigles Ascot aim undecided
Thursday 14 June 2012
Corine Barande-Barbe has still not made a final decision on whether Cirrus Des Aigles will take his chance in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
The six-year-old, who has won nearly £4million in prize money, also has the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, in which he was second to Sarafina 12 months ago, as an option.
With the ground currently on the soft side at Ascot, Barande-Barbe is leaning towards bringing him over from France due to his ability to handle a bit of cut.
"I've confirmed his entry," she said.
"We worked him today and he went very well.
"I'll decide over the next few days where he runs. It will probably be the weekend before a confirmed decision is made.
"For him, the very wet weather in England is very good, he doesn't mind the mud at all, so that is not a worry. In fact, if we look at the forecast and it says it will be sunny in France on Monday, we may prefer Ascot."
As Golden Lilac, Cirrus Des Aigles' Prix D'Ispahan conqueror, was not supplemented So You Think was installed as the race favourite and is a best-priced 7-4 with Coral. Aidan O'Brien's nine-time Group Oen winner is as short as 11-8 with Paddy Power.
Cirrus Des Aigles, who beat So You Think in Dubai, is 5-2 with the Irish firm, while the Queen's horse, Carlton House is next in the line at 11-2.
“So You Think famously suffered a narrow defeat at long odds-on to Rewilding last year, and, with Cirrus Des Aigles yet to be committed to the race, Ballydoyle will be gunning to make amends this time around," Lucy Rhodes, William Hill spokeswoman, said.