The eight-year-old clinched his sixth Group One triumph with a determined display under Christophe Soumillon, but it was soon clear all was not well and the Belgian rider quickly jumped off the gelding’s back after passing the post.
Cirrus Des Aigles was sound enough to walk into the winner’s enclosure and was able to travel home to Chantilly yesterday morning. X-rays have revealed the he has not suffered any serious injuries, much to his trainer’s relief.
Barande-Barbe said: “He’s back home, he’s had a roll and he seems very happy.
“We think it was just a little problem and nothing too serious. He was really lame straight after the race, but was much better very quickly.
“He has had an X-ray already and there is a small shadow, but on the whole the report is not too bad, which is fantastic.
“He will have some more X-rays in a few days and we will know more at the end of the week, but he had some medication yesterday, he has not had any since and he seems well this morning.”
While unsurprisingly non-committal over future plans for her pride and joy, Barande-Barbe does retain hope he will recover in time for fourth tilt at the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
“It is difficult to say at the moment, but I think I will probably give him one month or six weeks off and look to the autumn. We have to be careful with him,” said the trainer. “It is hard to say anything for certain, but, if he recovers well, in my opinion we could aim for the Champion Stakes.”
Meanwhile Ebanoran will drop back in trip after his ninth to Australia in the Investec Derby .
The John Oxx-trained Oasis Dream colt was having just his fourth career start, coming on the back of being demoted to second in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
His main rival that day, Fascinating Rock, finished one place in front of him on the Downs.
Hopes had been high that despite being by a sprinter, the Aga Khan-owned three-year-old would benefit from the stamina influence on his dam’s side, but Oxx felt that had not been the case.
He said: “He just didn’t stay, but you have to run to find out. He’ll probably run at the Curragh on Derby weekend in the International Stakes, a Group Three over 10 furlongs.”
nViewing figures in Britain for the Investec Derby on Channel 4 peaked at 1.55m viewers with an audience share of 14.7%. That figure was down on the 1.95m and an audience share of 21.8 per cent of 12 months ago.
The Epsom Classic was watched by an average of 770,000 (an audience share of 8.3%) compared to last year’s 834,000 (audience share of 10.7%).
Friday’s Oaks day peak figure was 558,000, a fall from 788,000 in 2013. The average was 320,000 to the 356,000 of last year.