Friday, 15 June 2012
: Corine Barande-Barbe has still not made a final decision on whether Cirrus Des Aigles will take his chance in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
The six-year-old, who has won nearly £4million in prize money, also has the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, in which he was second to Sarafina 12 months ago, as an option.
With the ground currently on the soft side at Ascot, Barande-Barbe is leaning towards bringing him over from France due to his ability to handle a bit of cut.
"I've confirmed his entry," she said.
"We worked him today and he went very well. I'll decide over the next few days where he runs. It will probably be the weekend before a confirmed decision is made.
"For him, the very wet weather in England is very good, he doesn't mind the mud at all, so that is not a worry. In fact, if we look at the forecast and it says it will be sunny in France on Monday, we may prefer Ascot."
Cirrus Des Aigles is one of 14 in the day two highlight, including the usual strong team from Ballydoyle.
Although Aidan O'Brien has taken out St Nicholas Abbey, he has left in Excelebration, who could tackle 10 furlongs for the first time. So You Think
has also been confirmed, along with Windsor Palace and Robin Hood.
Carlton House is a likely runner after his comeback win at Sandown for Sir Michael Stoute and the Queen, while both Godolphin trainers have a possible runner.
City Style could represent Mahmood Al Zarooni, with Farhh a possible to put his unbeaten record on the line for Saeed bin Suroor. There could be an American runner in Big Blue Kitten for Chad Brown, while Colombian, Planteur, Reliable Man, Sri Putra and Wigmore Hall add further strength in depth.