Cirrus Des Aigles: was back to his brilliant best at LongchampPICTURE: APRH
Cirrus annihilates Prix Dollar rivals in style
International: France, Saturday
Longchamp: Qatar Prix Dollar (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo+
CIRRUS DES AIGLES was back to his brilliant best as he stormed home in the Prix Dollar under Christophe Soumillon to take the Group 2 contest for a record third time.
The Corine Barande-Barbe-trained seven-year-old had been somewhat out of sorts this season, leading some to question if he was indeed the same horse that entered the season as the highest-rated in training.
"I am so pleased," said Barnde-Barbe. "I knew he was able to win and he won more easily than I thought. Christophe told me that after the first [winning] post he relaxed like he always does here otherwise he would have won by 12 lengths. He will go to Ascot on October 19."
The three-time Group 1 winner settled in sixth place throughout the early stages as Planteur, ridden by Olivier Peslier, set a formidable early pace.
However, the fast pace seemed to only play to Cirrus Des Aigles' strength as he breezed alongside the leaders at a canter inside the final two furlongs and powered on before easing to the line to win by a length and three-quarters.
The eyecatching performance did not elude the bookmakers and after Barande-Barbe confirmed that he will go to Ascot on October 19, Boylesports now go 4-1 from 8-1 for the Champion Stakes - a race he has a good record in having won it in 2011 prior to finishing second to the mighty Frankel last season.