Cirrus des Aigles, We Are Win at Longchamp

Back at the top of his game, French star Cirrus des Aigles took control early in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr. I) May 25 at Longchamp and won comfortably from hard-trying Anodin.

The race was billed as a showdown between the winner and recent Al Shaqab Racing's JLT Lockinge (Eng-I) winner Olympic Glory, who could only manage fourth. 
 
With Christophe Soumillon at the reins from trainer Corrine Barande-Barbe, Cirrus des Aigles broke well from the one hole and led throughout as Anodin and Olivier Peslier pressed from second. Cirrus des Aigles picked up the tempo a quarter mile out and Anodin gamely pursued but in vain. Cirrus des Aigles won by 1 1/2 lengths.
 
Pollyana finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Anodin, who was seeking a first group I win. Olympic Glory checked in another three-quarters of a length back in his first attempt beyond a mile while making a quick return from his Lockinge win eight days ago at Newbury.
 
Coasting across the finished line under a hand ride, Cirrus des Aigles covered 1,850 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) in 1:57.98 on soft turf. The win was his second from three starts this season, and improved his record to 20-20-6 from 57 starts for owner Jean Claude-Alain Dupouy.
 
The 8-year-old gelding was a creditable second to Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) March 29 to start his 2014 campaign, then defeated  Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Treve in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) April 24 at Longchamp. 
 
Bred in France by Yvon Lelimouzin and Benoit Deschamps, Cirrus des Aigles is a son of Even Top out of the Septieme Ciel mare Taille de Guepe.
 
Also on the card, Pennsylvania-based owner-breeder George Strawbridge enjoyed a win in the Pou Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) for 3-year-old fillies with We Are, who is unbeaten in three career starts.
 
The Irish-bred daughter of Dansili out of French group III winner In Clover, by Inchinor, raced in midfield early for Thierry Jarnet and took over from pacesetter Lady Penko over a furlong out. She won by three lengths from the Aga Khan's Sea The Stars filly Vazira, who after a troubled start suffered her first loss in three career outings. 
 
Bereni Ka was another three lengths back in third in the eight-horse field.
 
We Are, who is trained by Freddie Head, was timed in 2:08.45 for 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles). Unraced at 2, she captured her debut April 10 at Longchamp and a race at Saint-Cloud May 1 before making her stakes debut Sunday.

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