Cirrus Shock at Longchamp
Cirrus Des Aigles was stripped of a fourth win in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp this afternoon with Andre Fabre’s Fractional awarded the Group Two prize in the stewards’ room.
Corinne Barande Barbe’s superstar gelding struck for home a long way out under Christophe Soumillon and Fractional closed quickly on the run to the line. Soumillon struggled to keep his balance in the last 50 yards and Cirrus Des Aigles shifted off the rail making clear contact with the Godolphin runner. The eight-year-old bravely stuck his head out to pass the post in front but he was demoted to fifth with outsider Hippy promoted to second.
The quick ground on a glorious day in Paris may not have been entirely to Cirrus Des Aigles’ liking and bookmakers StanJames.com left him unchanged at 7/2 for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in a fortnight’s time where he should get his favoured soft ground.
The performance of the day undoubtedly came from Solow in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein. Oliver Peslier always had matters in control on board the son of Singspiel who won with the minimum of fuss from Vega. Having won a Group Three on testing ground last time out, today’s sounder surface was no problem for the four-year-old gelding in the silks donned most famously by Goldikova. Freddie Head looks to have another top miler on his hands and Hong Kong and Dubai are possible destinations over the winter.
There was an upset in the Prix De Royallieu as Frine got up on the line under Gerald Mosse to win for trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias. Long-time leader Mayhem was second for Philippe Sogorb with favourite Zarshana a close third. Joe Murphy’s mare Euphrasia was back in seventh on ground quicker than ideal.
Gregory Benoist timed his run on Auvray perfectly to deny British raider Vent De Force in the opening Prix Chaudenay, the first of four Group Two contests on the day. Hughie Morrison’s charge just failed to follow up his win in the Melrose with the well-backed Baino Hope a short-head behind in third.
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