Hannon eyes Glory in battle with French stalwart Cirrus
Richard Hannon's smooth Lockinge victor Olympic Glory is to make a quick reappearance for a clash with venerable French stalwart Cirrus Des Aigles in Sunday's Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp.
The classy miler was expected to head to Royal Ascot for either the Queen Anne over a mile or Prince of Wales's Stakes over 10 furlongs following his Newbury win under Frankie Dettori.
Corinne Barande-Barbe had the Coronation Cup pencilled in for Cirrus Des Aigles, which claimed the scalp of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve on its seasonal bow in last month's Ganay. However, connections of both horses have now decided to take in Sunday's nine-furlong Group One.
By running Olympic Glory again, it could decrease the possibility of him turning out at Ascot three weeks later, eliminating the need for him to step up to 10 furlongs and paving the way for Hannon's Toronado to tackle the Queen Anne.
"At the moment I would say we are very likely to run him," said Harry Herbert, who represents Olympic Glory's owners Al Shaqab Racing. "It's unusual, obviously, but I think this is a slightly unusual horse."
Paddy Power has made Cirrus Des Aigles its evens favourite for Sunday, with Olympic Glory a 6/4 shot and 10/1 bar the field. Cirrus Des Aigles was one of 14 left in the Coronation Cup yesterday, while last year's Derby hero Ruler Of The World heads Aidan O'Brien's trio of entries for the 12-furlong June 7 event that he has won for the past four years.
Australia, odds-on to secure the Ballydoyle wizard an unprecedented third successive victory in the Derby on the same afternoon, was one of six from the Rosegreen team to stand its ground for the premier Classic.
Other stable fancies, Orchestra, Geoffrey Chaucer and Kingfisher remain among 27 left in, along with Dermot Weld's dual Leopardstown trial winner Fascinating Rock and John Oxx's Ebanoran.
Oaks favourite Taghrooda could have an initial taste of the track at Epsom's 'Breakfast with the Stars' morning next week. The John Gosden filly has been all the rage since strolling to victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes on her seasonal return.
Like Taghrooda, the Weld-trained Tarfasha is also owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, but a decision on her participation won't be made until closer to the race.
O'Brien has left six in, but surprisingly the shortest-priced of those, Palace, is as big as 16/1. Wonderfully, Bracelet and Tapestry are still in the line-up.
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