Cirrus tops the Saturday Longchamp bill

Cirrus Des Aigles is the headline act at Longchamp tomorrow when he bids to win the Qatar Prix Dollar for a fourth time.

Corine Barande-Barbe’s remarkable nine-year-old gelding, successful in 2010, 2012 and 2013, was first past the post for a fourth time 12 months only to be relegated to fifth for causing interference.

Fractional, the horse who benefited from the disqualification, also features in a field of eight for the 10-furlong Group Two.

There is a strong British representation in Godolphin’s French Navy from Charlie Appleby’s stable and Air Pilot, trained by Ralph Beckett.

Martlet takes the big step into Group Two company when she lines-up for the Qatar Prix de Royallieu.

John Gosden’s filly showed she was going the right way when winning the Listed Galtres Stakes at York in August and will have to see off seven fillies and mares in this tough test over an extended mile and a half.

Irish trainer Pat Fahey sends Ballybacka Queen over from his County Carlow base in search of that all-important black type.

The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained pair of Candarliya, runner-up to Treve in the Prix Vermeille last month, and the lightly-raced Parade Music head the home team.

Gosden also saddles Deauville Group Three winner Johnny Barnes in the Group Three Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein for which just six were declared.

Opposition includes last year’s 1000 Guineas heroine Miss France and Akatea, runner-up in last month’s Prix du Moulin.

As expected Richard Hannon’s Toormore was withdrawn and will wait for Sunday’s Qatar Prix de la Foret.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s The Twisler faces six rivals in the Qatar Prix Chaudenay over one mile and seven furlongs as he seeks to complete a hat-trick after wins at Salisbury and Goodwood.


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