Three of last year's winners are back for another try in the Dec. 13 Longines International Races in Hong Kong, an event enlivened this year by two U.S. runners including Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday.
Cirrus des Aigles (FR)
- Bay Gelding
- Born 2006
Vazirabad turned in a career-defining performance Oct. 25 at Longchamp, taking charge late to defeat older runners, including seven-time group I winner Cirrus des Aigles, in the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I, French St. Leger).
Trainer Freddy Head and jockey Maxime Guyon teamed for a group I double May 24 at Longchamp, winning the Prix d'Ispahan with Solow and the Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary with Queen's Jewel.
Several newcomers were on the year's third edition of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings released May 14, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah and runner-up Firing Line.
Cirrus des Aigles set the pace and repelled a bid from Al Kazeem to land the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) for the third time May 3 at Longchamp.
U.S Horse of the Year California Chrome and Hong Kong star Able Friend are among 388 entries representing 10 countries for the Royal Ascot meeting in June.
After a bit of intrigue and some last-minute quick healing, the fields are set for the Dec. 14 Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Juddmonte Farms' Noble Mission led from the start in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and showed the heart of lion in repelling the challenge from Al Kazeem to get the win Oct. 18 at Ascot.
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Cirrus Des Aigles is the star turn in the £1.3 million Qipco Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 18, when the 8-year-old contests Britain's richest race for the fourth straight year.
Cirrus des Aigles' highly anticipated return from injury was spoiled Oct. 4 at Longchamp when he was disqualified from first in the QNB Prix Dollar (Fr-II), race he had won three times previously.
Cirrus des Aigles comfortably held back Flintshire and tallied a third consecutive group I win in the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey) June 7, but he was pulled up a bit lame.
French star Cirrus des Aigles will bid for a third successive top-level victory this season in the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey, Eng-I) at Epsom Downs June 7.
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 from comfortably from hard-trying Anodin.
Elite runners Cirrus des Aigles and Olympic Glory make for an exciting clash in a compact field of six for the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) May 25 at Longchamp.
Cirrus des Aigles got the best of Qutar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Treve in a stretch-long duel April 27 at Longchamp, handing the filly the first defeat of her career in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I).
More than six months since her stunning victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), brilliant filly Treve is set to make her highly anticipated 2014 debut April 27 in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) at Longchamp.
Checked twice in the final 250 meters, Japan's star mare Gentildonna showed just what she's made of March 29 in winning the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) in course-record time at Meydan Racecourse.
Morning training at, including Cirrus Des Aigles (Green #3), Akeed Mofeed (White #2), King Rubi (Pink #7), Sole Power (Orange #12), Twiilight Eclipse (Green #16), Dabadiyan (Red #3), and Balmont Mast (Gold #1). Watch Video
Morning training at Meydan on March 26, including Brightline (#1 Blue), Cirrus Des Aigles (#3 Green), Toast of New York (#15 Pink), Blazing Speed (#1 Yellow), Dunaden (#7 Green), Twilight Eclipse (#16 Green), and more. Watch Video
Morning training at Meydan on March 25, including Mount Athos (#15 Green), Amber Sky (#3 Orange), Twilight Eclipse (#16 Green), Catcall (#6 Orange), Akeed Mofeed (#2 White), Cirrus Des Aigles (#3 Green), and more. Watch Video
After arriving in Dubai and clearing quarantine, U.S.-based Twilight Eclipse made his first appearance on the track at Meydan March 23 with an energetic gallop ahead of the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) March 29.
There are 36 grade/group I winners, including former American star Ron the Greek, among the fields taking shape for the eight Thoroughbred stakes on Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) card March 29.
Akeed Mofeed, the Hong Kong Derby winner in the spring, worked through a tight spot at mid-stretch to win the Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) from Tokei Halo Dec. 8 at Sha Tin, while American hopeful Little Mike finished ninth.
In a rousing three-way charge to the finish line, game Farhh edged favorite Cirrus Des Aigles and Ruler of The World in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 19 at Ascot.
Thought earlier this year to have his best days behind him, Cirrus Des Aigles showed he still had his competitive fire when winning the Qatar Prix Dollar (Fr-II) for the third time Oct. 5 at Longchamp.
Novellist earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf for the second time this season with a record-setting win at Ascot in the Betfair King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 27.
Novellist won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) June 23, spoiling the season debut of middle-distance elite Cirrus des Aigles and earning a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
California Memory got a perfect trip in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) and went on to win the day's most iconic race for the second straight year.
Cirrus des Aigles, likely favorite for the Dec. 9 Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), has been withdrawn from the race at Sha Tin Racecourse due to a tendon issue.
The Dec. 6 barrier draw provided a little added intrigue for the Longines Hong Kong International races, particularly in the $2.8 million Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), where top-rated Cirrus des Aigles drew well.
Nominations for the Cartier Horse of the Year and seven other divisions were released Nov. 9 for the awards, which will be presented during a Nov. 13 ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Khalid Abdullah's brilliant Frankel captured the QIPCO Champion Stakes Oct. 20 at Ascot, remaining unbeaten and securing his legacy as one of the best racehorses of the modern era and perhaps one of the greatest of all time.
Great Britain will stage its highly anticipated season finale Oct. 20 at Ascot, where superstar Frankel, one of the best racehorses of the modern era, will bid to remain undefeated in his final career start.
There will be mixed feelings at Ascot on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the brilliant Frankel makes his farewell appearance on the racetrack in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I).
As a showdown with Frankel looms later this month, European champion Cirrus des Aigles uncoiled an explosive rally a quarter mile out at Longchamp, romping to an easy win in the Oct. 6 Qatar Prix Dollar (Fr-II).
Longchamp will offer 15 races over two days Oct. 6-7, including Europe's premier middle-distance test, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), during France's marquee racing weekend.
Golden Lilac withstood the challenge of favorite Cirrus des Aigles to win the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) by a half-length at Longchamp May 27.
Cirrus des Aigles took the lead soon after the start and never looked back as he cruised to an easy eight-length victory in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) at Longchamp April 29.
France's Corine Barande-Barbe became the first female trainer to win a race on Dubai World Cup night when Cirrus des Aigles captured the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse.
Treasure Beach and St Nicholas Abbey are just two of the seven grade/group I winners that will go to the post in the $5,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (UAE-IT) at Meydan Racecourse March 31.
Cirrus des Aigles is a rather commonly bred 5-year-old gelding and, after finishing seventh in last year's Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), few would have given him a chance for international stardom.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Frankel, scintillating winner of five starts this year, took home top honors as Cartier Horse of the Year and top 3-year-old during the annual awards ceremony in London, England, Nov. 15.
French raider Cirrus des Aigles edged So You Think in the final strides to claim victory in the $2,028,000 QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot Oct. 15.
Sarafina swept from last to first within the final furlong to capture the $314,338 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) by a neck over Cirrus Des Aigles June 26.
Goldikova picked up right where she left off last season, notching another group I victory as she held off the late charge of Cirrus Des Aigles to capture the $353,785 Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp May 22.
Planteur held off the late challenge of Sarafina to score a one-length victory in the Prix Ganay-Prix Air Mauritius (Fr-I) at Longchamp April 30.
|Trainer||BARANDE BARBE MME CORINE|
|Breeder||SUC. Y LELIMOUZIN & B DESCHAMPS|
|Cirrus des Aigles (FR) View Five-Cross Pedigree||Even Top (IRE)||Topanoora (IRE)|
|Taille de Guepe (FR)||Septieme Ciel|
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