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  • 13:00 Qatar Prix Dollar 1m 1f 152y

  • (Group 2) €200,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €114,420 2nd €43,280 3rd €21,500 4th €9,840
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 13:00:12

Cirrus cruises to Dollar success

It's Frankel next for French star

Last Updated: 06/10/12 1:39pm

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Cirrus Des Aigles: Easy winner

Cirrus Des Aigles: Easy winner

Cirrus Des Aigles made a sensational return after four and a half months off the track to land the Qatar Prix Dollar at Longchamp.

He absolutely bolted up in this Group Two contest, which he won in 2010 and was just touched off in 12 months ago.

The six-year-old moved up smoothly for Olivier Peslier early in the straight after Don Bosco had made the running.

Leading two furlongs out, the 4-5 favourite stretched clear in impressive fashion to win easily from the Godolphin-owned Hunter's Light, who stayed on for second ahead of Saga Dream with John Gosden's Colombian fourth.

Cirrus Des Aigles had last been seen finishing second in the Prix d'Ispahan, following which he was eventually disqualified after testing positive to a prohibited substance.

His trainer Corine Barande-Barbe has strongly denied any wrongdoing and is still trying to get to the bottom of the matter which is still ongoing.

This race had been seen as a prep race for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot which he won last October and in which he is set to clash with the mighty Frankel.

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Barande-Barbe said: "It's not very often that you get to see exactly what you want, but that is what happened today.

"I think that was a very good workout for Ascot and the Champion Stakes."

Asked about plans beyond Ascot, Barande-Barbe said with a smile: "We'll see how far he wins there first!"

Peslier said: "It was all very easy for me today and it's very exciting to be going over to England to race Frankel.

"In England they have Frankel and in France we have Cirrus Des Aigles. He is a very popular horse over here.

"I think because he was gelded, he's been running for a long time and people get to see him a lot."

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