Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cirrus Des Aigles pulls up after Cup glory

Christophe Soumillon riding Cirrus Des Aigles
Christophe Soumillon riding Cirrus Des Aigles

Cirrus Des Aigles remained under observation at Epsom last night after pulling up lame following his victory in the Investec Coronation Cup.

The globetrotting eight-year-old was quickly dismounted by Christophe Soumillon after passing the line in the mile-and-a-half showpiece, having beaten Flintshire to record his sixth Group One success and his 21st career victory in all.

He was eventually able to walk back to the winner's enclosure to receive the applause of the crowd, and was seemingly moving better with trainer Corine Barande-Barbe happier with his condition.

The gelding was assessed by veterinary surgeons and was due to be monitored further before travelling back to France today.

Clerk of the course and head of racing Andrew Cooper said: "Cirrus Des Aigles continues to be monitored by race course veterinary surgeons at Epsom. He is displaying signs of some soreness on his off-fore, but remains scheduled to travel home to France early on Sunday morning. He will continue to be monitored all the time he remains at Epsom."

Barande-Barbe said earlier: "He was a bit lame on passing the post but is a bit better now, nothing really serious has happened but you don't like to see it when a horse is lame.

"When you touch it you can see nothing, neither can the vet. Maybe he missed a step, I don't know. I'm not really worried but I prefer to be able to say tomorrow that he is OK.

"In the morning if he has a little hole (in his tendon) I will be able to tell when I touch it, he doesn't show it now."

Frankie Dettori's army of followers were able to cheer him home on Richard Hannon's Baitha Alga in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

Sent off the 15/8 favourite, having won at Chester previously, he quickened to follow up the win of Thunder Strike for the yard last season.

Oisin Murphy, who guided 100/1 outsider Red Galileo into fifth on his first ride in the Derby, was yet again seen to good effect on Miss Marjurie (7/1) in the Investec Zebra Handicap.

Trained by Denis Coakley, the four-year-old had chased home Jane Cecil's Mighty Yar last time out and stepped forward again.

Murphy stole three lengths two furlongs out and had two and a half lengths in hand of Stomachion at the line.

Jimmy Fortune drove What About Carlo to success in the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap, the opening race on Derby Day at Epsom.

Eve Johnson Houghton's What About Carlo (9/1) was an impressive winner at Sandown earlier in the season but had disappointed in heavy ground at Haydock two weeks ago.

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