Cirrus to swerve Irish Champion Stakes

Cirrus Des Aigles will not run in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next Saturday.

Cirrus Des Aigles will not run in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next Saturday.

French trainer Corine Barande-Barbe feels the three-times Group One winner could be overwhelmed against the likes of Nathaniel and Snow Fairy on what would be his first start since May.

The six-year-old gelding will instead have a prep race in his homeland as he builds towards a clash with Frankel in his defence of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

Barande-Barbe said: “He will not run in Ireland.

“The Irish Champion looks like it will be a very good race and it might be too much for him – he has been off for a long time.

“He is very well and we are very happy with him, but we will prepare for Ascot in France. He could run in La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte, or there is also the Prix Dollar a day before the Arc.

“He finished second in that race (Prix Dollar) last year and it could fit well. The English Champion is the big plan.”

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