Cirrus des Aigles in Control of Prix Ganay
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 4/29/2012 12:14:18 PM
Last Updated: 5/1/2012 1:59:10 PM
Cirrus Des Aigles
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.
Cirrus des Aigles was making his first start since winning the Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (UAE-IT) March 31.
Ridden confidently by Olivier Peslier, the 6-year-old gelding by Even Top sat in second behind Giofra at the start, but quickly passed that rival as he swept to the front before the runners had traveled a furlong.
Cirrus des Aigles continued to gallop along at an easy pace under Peslier while opening up on the rest of the field as they entered the home straight. He crossed the finish line still under a hand ride. Peslier never cocked his whip.
Giofra finished second, with Reliable Man another two lengths back in third. Final time for the just over 10-furlong contest was 2:18.90 over heavy going.
The Prix Ganay was the first group I victory for Cirrus des Aigles in his native France. He is trained by Corinne Barande-Barbe for owner Jean-Claude Alain Dupouy. In addition to his Prix Ganay and Dubai Sheema wins, Cirrus des Aigles also won the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) and four other group stakes last year.
Cirrus des Aigles was bred in France by Yvon Lelimouzin and Benoit Deschamps. He is out of the unraced Septieme Ciel mare Taille de Guepe.
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