Cirrus crowned champion in Coronation
Rejuvenated veteran Cirrus Des Aigles continued his renaissance with a classy victory in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom under Christophe Soumilion. The 8yo, a five time Group 1 winner before today, has shot back to prominence this season having struggled with form in last year’s campaign, beating Arc winner Treve in the Prix Ganay in April before another top level victory in the Prix d’Ispahan last month.
Sent off the 10/11 favourite for today’s 1m 4f contest, Corine Barande-Barbe’s charge settled in behind the pace set by Ambivalent, and was still cruising approaching the two pole. Andre Fabre’s Flintshire was the only notable danger, but having found plenty for pressure, the veteran lengthened away to score by 2 lengths.
In worrying scenes for connections, Cirrus Des Aigles was dismounted having crossed the finishing line, with Soumillon reporting that the victor felt a little lame. However, having been trotted up and down the straight a few times he showed some improvement and walked back to the winners enclosure to a generous reception.
Soumillon said: “He changed legs, something he never does and I felt when I past the post he was not really right. He’s an amazing horse and I hope it is not too bad. Looking at the horse he is not walking well and I am sad for the horse.”
A noticeably relieved Barande-Barbe added: “He was a bit lame just after the post but I don’t think anything serious has happened and he is walking now.
“I am so proud of him. He is a brave horse who loves fighting and winning.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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