Barande-Barbe: I'm not scared of Frankel

  • Last Updated: October 19 2012, 17:36 BST

Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe believes Cirrus Des Aigles may still be improving ahead of Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, even though he is now a six-year-old.

Cirrus Des Aigles (R): Winning last year

She said: "Every race he has run in, he always seems to take one step up and he always seems to look his best when he tries something new.

"We ran him over a mile and a quarter in last year's Champion Stakes and we thought that was him at his best.

"Then we ran him over a mile and a half in Dubai, and it looked like that might be his best.

"Last year he wasn't even a Group One winner before the Champion Stakes. He won and he showed that the better the field, the better he is.

"Maybe he's still improving. On Saturday it could be the best in the world over a mile to middle distances against the best over 10 furlongs to a mile and a half.

"Whatever happens, it will be a great experience and we will enjoy it.

"If he wins, I will be pleased, but I won't be surprised.

"My horse has already been beaten and I know his level of ability.

"I'm not scared of Frankel."


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