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Cirrus Des Aigles bids to reclaim Champion Stakes crown at Ascot

Updated: Monday, 14 Oct 2013 15:55 | Comments

Cirrus Des Aigles chased home Frankel in last year's Champion Stakes
Cirrus Des Aigles chased home Frankel in last year's Champion Stakes

Cirrus Des Aigles is one of 15 horses still in contention for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Winner of the race in 2011 and second to the brilliant Frankel 12 months ago, Corine Barande-Barbe's pride and joy endured a disappointing start to the campaign but looked back to near his best when winning the Prix Dollar at Longchamp last time.

The seven-year-old will be a hot favourite to regain his Champion Stakes crown, especially with the forecast rain set to supply him with his favoured soft ground.

Godolphin's hugely talented but fragile five-year-old Farhh is set to make his first appearance since his brilliant win in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, but connections have yet to decide whether he will run in the Champion Stakes or the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on the same card.

Sheikh Mohammed's operation could also be represented by Hunter's Light, while Aidan O'Brien has four possible runners in Declaration Of War, Kingsbarns, Magician and Ruler Of The World.

All but the latter are also in the QEII.

Jim Bolger has both Parish Hall and Trading Leather engaged at the confirmation stage and Richard Hannon's Sky Lantern is another with a Champion Stakes entry as an alternative to the QEII, although she seems certain to miss the meeting in favour of a trip to Hong Kong later in the year.

The entries are completed by Main Sequence, Mukhadram, Hillstar, Morandi and Triple Threat.

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