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Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration Of St Nicholas Abbey) (Group 1) 1m 4f 10y

  • (4yo+, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £218,900 2nd £82,990 3rd £41,533 4th £20,689 5th £10,383 6th £5,211
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 34.86s
  • Off time: 14:43:24
Full result
Result 14:40 Epsom Downs
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Cirrus Des Aigles 10/11f
2nd 4 Flintshire 2 4/1
  • Last Updated: June 6 2014, 19:43 BST

Corine Barande-Barbe does not expect the challenges of Epsom to inconvenience Cirrus Des Aigles as the French star aims to clinch a sixth Group One victory in Saturday's Investec Coronation Cup.

Cirrus Des Aigles: Should handle the course
Cirrus Des Aigles: Should handle the course

Although the eight-year-old is a veteran of the game in Flat racing terms, he has appeared better than ever this season, filling the runner-up spot in the Dubai Sheema Classic before beating last year's Arc heroine Treve in a thrilling Prix Ganay.

He continued his rich vein of form with an all-the way victory in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp almost a fortnight ago and following the defection of last year's Derby winner Ruler Of The World earlier this week, Cirrus Des Aigles is a hot favourite to complete a hat-trick on his Epsom debut.

Barande-Barbe said: "Cirrus Des Aigles is very well. It will be his first time at Epsom and we will just have to see how he adapts. Christophe (Soumillon) is confident and said that it will be no problem as it is just Longchamp in reverse.

"The left-handed course should be fine as he has already won in Dubai and finished second in a Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the distance is clearly not an issue. All is good. He is very playful and eating his sugar - so he is just as he should be."

Cirrus Des Aigles is joined on the trip across the Channel by Andre Fabre-trained compatriot Flintshire, as well as Peter Schiergen's German raider Empoli.

Flintshire makes his first appearance since finishing eighth in the Arc in October and Fabre warns his charge is likely to need the run, with the possibility of soft ground another concern.

Fabre said: "He is a genuine horse and I hope he will run well, but obviously he will need the race having been off the track for a long time.

"He was coughing a little bit in March, so we had to give him a break and now he is ready to start his season. We were hoping for fast ground. Unfortunately it doesn't look like we will get that, which is a bit of a worry.

"We could have waited for the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, but I want to run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, so we decided to come to Epsom."

Empoli was just a length behind Cirrus Des Aigles on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan at the end of March and makes his first appearance since this weekend.

Schiergen said: "Everything is good with the horse. His work in the mornings has been good and we are looking forward to seeing him run.

"We gave him a small break after Dubai, but now I think he is 100 per cent and in good form. Hopefully he has a good chance to pick up some prize-money. There is no problem with the ground."

Last year's Oaks heroine Talent makes her four-year-old debut and trainer Ralph Beckett could not be happier with her condition.

"It was always the plan to come for this race first time out and her preparation has gone very well. She's had a couple of racecourse gallops and I'm very happy with her," said the trainer. "It will be lovely ground and I think she's pretty straight, so we're looking forward to it."

Talent is one of three fillies and mares in the race, with Roger Varian's Ambivalent and William Knight's supplemented dual course winner Beacon Lady also in contention.

Ambivalent split Cirrus Des Aigles and Empoli when third in Dubai and was an impressive winner of York's Middleton Stakes last month.

The trainer told his website www.varianstable.com: "Ambivalent is still improving. I think she'll handle the trip and the track and she is up to mixing it with these."

Ed Dunlop's globetrotter Joshua Tree and the William Haggas-trained Battalion complete an eight-strong field.