Cirrus heads Coronation charge
Cirrus Des Aigles is one of eight declarations for Saturday's Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.
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French superstar Cirrus Des Aigles is one of eight declarations for Saturday's Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom, run this year in memory of St Nicholas Abbey. The eight-year-old has been handled supremely by Corine Barande-Barbe, with his last two starts seeing him defeat two of the brightest talents Europe has to offer in the shape of Treve and Olympic Glory. In the absence of last year's Derby hero Ruler Of The World who was ruled out on Wednesday due to a minor setback, he will still have to beat last year's Oaks winner, the Ralph Beckett-trained Talent. In recent years the likes of Look Here, Midday and Ouija Board have all run well in this without winning and no filly has scored since In The Groove in 1991, which is a statistic Roger Varian's Ambivalent will also be aiming to defy. Andre Fabre has won the race six times and is represented by Flintshire, who was slightly disappointing when well fancied for the Arc last season. Another overseas challenger is the German raider Empoli, who finished fourth in the Sheema Classic last time out. Ed Dunlop's globetrotter Joshua Tree, William Haggas' Battalion and William Knight's Beacon Lady make up the field. Cirrus Des Aigles will be kept to the road rather than fly into Epsom. Despite all his travelling overseas, Barande-Barbe has decided to use the Channel Tunnel for her star. "Cirrus Des Aigles is very well. He is leaving at 4am on Friday morning and will be travelling via the Tunnel," she said.
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