Cirrus Des Aigles gamely held St Nicholas Abbey to land the spoils in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Olivier Peslier found himself in front earlier than expected after Bold Silvano had set a steady pace but the French raider, trained by Corine Barande-Barbe, did not shirk the task.

St Nicholas Abbey came with a rattling late bid for Aidan O'Brien under his son, Joseph, but last year's Champion Stakes hero stuck to his task to take the Group One prize.