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Glory & Cirrus Set To Clash

Friday, 23rd May 2014

Top-class gallopers Olympic Glory and Cirrus Des Aigles could clash in the Prix d'Ispahan (9 furlongs) at Longchamp on Sunday, reports 1.skysports.com. Trained by Richard Hannon and owned by Al Shaqab Racing, Olympic Glory is set to back up in the Gr1 French feature after resuming with a brilliant win in the Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last weekend. The heavyweight bout is sure to provide an intriguing spectacle with French veteran Cirrus Des Aigles also in fine form, having claimed the scalp of Arc winner Treve in the Gr1 Prix Ganay at the same track in April. Despite the close proximity between the Lockinge and the D'Ispahan, connections of Olympic Glory are prepared to take a calculated risk with the son of Choisir. "It's unusual, obviously, but I think this is a slightly unusual horse in that he is hardened, tough and loves his racing," said Harry Herbert, racing advisor for Al Shaqab Racing. "As long as Richard Hannon is happy, we feel like the horse is ready to go again." Cirrus Des Aigles' trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said the 8YO had lost none of his zest for racing, and was bullish about his prospects on Sunday. "He will run in the D'Ispahan on Sunday. Whether he will then go to Epsom (for the Coronation Cup) I'm not sure, we will leave the door open." She added, "He has been second in this race twice in the past, but this one we will win!"

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