Cirrus Des Aigles: off the track since last OctoberPICTURE: APRH
Cirrus Des Aigles to
miss Royal Ascot
THE world's highest-rated turf horse, Cirrus Des Aigles, is unlikely to make his comeback in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in three weeks' time with connections deciding on a tilt at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud instead.
Off the track since last October, the seven-year-old made the trip to Hong Kong in December before being withdrawn with a strained ligament, and after much reflection trainer Corine Barande-Barbe has decided to take the domestic option.
"We're now thinking that Saint-Cloud is the better option due to timing," Barande-Barbe said from Chantilly on Sunday, before adding: "He's in extremely good form and, although he's done no serious work, I'm very pleased with him."
But a British campaign is potentially on the cards after the royal meeting. Barande-Barbe said: "We'll likely come over for the King George after that."