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Ryan read it right on Novellist

CIRRUS DES AIGLES came home a well-beaten fifth as Ryan Moore grabbed Group One glory aboard Novellist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Cirrus Des Aigles was making his first appearance since chasing home the brilliant Frankel in the Champion Stakes last October and travelled smartly towards the front under Olivier Peslier.

Moore ranged up to challenge Corine Barande-Barbe's stable star on the Andreas Wohler-trained Novellist at the top of the home straight, and it was soon evident the German runner had won the argument.

The 7/2 shot galloped all the way to the line to beat the admirable Dunaden, with Haya Landa in third.

Cirrus Des Aigles' return to action has been delayed after he suffered a setback, but he was still an even-money favourite to make a winning return.

Although he moved sweetly for much of the journey, the mile and a half appeared to stretch his stamina and he faded inside the final furlong.

The globetrotting Dunaden, winner of a Melbourne Cup, again ran his usual solid race to fill the runner-up for trainer Mikel Delzangles and jockey Jamie Spencer.

Wohler said Novellist will run in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, for which he was cut to around the 6/1 mark, at Ascot on July 27.

He said: "That was great. He had a perfect run round and Ryan even said he got to the front a little bit too soon.

"Even though he was in front sooner than he wanted to be, he finished well and we are very happy. If he is OK and everything goes well, hopefully he will run in the King George at Ascot."


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