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QIPCO Champion Stakes 2011 – jj

QIPCO Champion Stakes 2011

French raider Cirrus Des Aigles scored a famous victory in the QIPCO Champion Stakes for jockey Christophe Soumillon and trainer Corine Barande-Barbe.
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  1. It's not often that you'll see a field come together as loaded as this one was from top to bottom! Of the 12 horses that went to post at Ascot that day, 8 of the 12 were Group 1 winners. Of those 8 horses, 7 either already were or would eventually become multiple G1 winners. Only Casamento was a 1-time G1 winner of the Racing Post Trophy. The other 4 horses in the field were all multiple stakes winners at listed, G3, and/or G2 level in some form or combination. This was the first G1 win of Cirrus Des Aigles career. Prior to this he'd previously been tried in G1 company on 6 other occasions and was 0 for 6, having been beaten by Daryakana in the G1 Hong Kong Vase, Rose Kingdom in the G1 Japan Cup, Snow Fairy in the G1 Hong Kong Cup, Planteur in the G1 Prix Ganay, Goldikova in the G1 Prix d'Ispahan, & Sarafina in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. After he won the G1 Champion Stakes, Cirrus Des Aigles would go on to win at G1 level 6 more times before being retired, but I would argue his win in this race was as deep of a field as he ever defeated in any of his 7 total G1 wins, IMO.

  2. Fair comment GB. For mine athe 13 days between a stiff 12F of the Arc (remember that Danedream won in the fastest time in the 90 editions of the race) and a truly run 10F (albeit on his preferred going) was always going to produce a dour conveyance on the day. I suspect that had he not raced in the Arc (and I'm glad he did) the outcome could have been different… although not significantly so given the proximity of Snow Fairy…

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