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Cirrus Des Aigles Retired

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

Star French galloper Cirrus Des Aigles (Even Top-Taille De Guepe, by Septieme Ciel) has been retired due to a ligament problem, reports Sky Sports. Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said x-rays had revealed that it would be dangerous to continue to race the 10YO. "He has been in great condition and very well, but I found that in his work for racing he was holding himself back a little so we checked his legs," she told Press Association Sport. "We couldn't see anything so we took X-rays and found a little calcification in a ligament that could be dangerous if he put in 100 per cent. In a race, it could break. We decided with the owner not to take such a risk and put the horse in danger, so we have decided to retire him while he is sound and happy." She added: "He doesn't suffer. He can trot, he can gallop, but we don't want him to go to his maximum as it would be dangerous. He will stay with me for at least two months. We have to wind him down as he was working to go racing. He will do something with Christophe Soumillon (jockey) when he retires. He wants to be a part of the horse's retirement." The 7-time Gr1 winner won 22 of his 67 career starts for over £6 million prize money. Asked to choose a highlight from Cirrus Des Aigles' remarkable career, Barande-Barbe said: "Maybe his first Group One at Ascot (the Champions Stakes in 2011) and when he beat Treve in France (2014 Gr1 Prix Ganay) and when he won on that magic night in Dubai (2012 Gr1 Sheema Classic)." She added: "He did so much."

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