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No Coronation Cup Defence For Cirrus
French star Cirrus Des Aigles is unlikely to defend his crown in the Gr1 Coronation Cup at Epsom after breaking a shoe at Longchamp on Sunday. The 7-time Gr1 winner finished last in the field of four behind the Freddy Head-trained Solow in the Gr1 Prix d'lspahan (8.5 furlongs), but he was never really a factor after being eased down by jockey Christophe Soumillon when breaking his off-fore shoe in half. Although he did not suffer any serious injury, trainer Corine Brande-Barbe is keen to bypass Epsom and instead target Cirrus Des Aigles at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28. "He seems fine this morning. We put new shoes on him and he is walking OK," she told Sky Sports. "I am disappointed, not in the horse but disappointed with the problem. Christophe (Soumillon) said he was flying down to the starting gate and he was very confident, but he said after half a furlong he didn't feel right. I think it must have happened just after the start." She added: "I think he will probably go for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. It is a Group One in France he can run in and he has not won it before, so it would be nice to do it. Otherwise we have the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but I think when the ground is quicker, he is better going over the longer distance (mile and a half) at Saint-Cloud."