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Cirrus Des Aigles s reputation as one of the
world s premier middle-distance performers sus-
tained another sad blow as he finished a modest
fiftth behind Tres Blue in the Grand Prix de
Sent off the 5/2 favourite with British bookmakers,
Corine Barande-Barbe s Cirrus Des Aigles had taken
this Group Two event a couple of years ago prior
to his memorable Champion Stakes success at Ascot
However a change of jockey - Christophe Soumil-
lon taking the reins again instead of Olivier Peslier
- and favourably rain-softened conditions failed to
spark a revival and the seven-year-old again ran
poorly and is still searching for a first victory of
the year as he faded out of contention in the closing
The winner, returned at 11/1 in Britain and rep-
resenting Henri-Alex Pantall and Fabrice Veron,
had won a Group Three over course and distance
earlier in the month and poked his head in front
on the line ahead of Godolphin s three-year-old
Penglai Pavilion and the front-running Slow Pace.
Pantall said that the winner would now head
straight to Longchamp for the Prix de l Arc de Tri-
First Mohican, trained by Lady Cecil and ridden
by Tom Queally, was notably slowly away and never
managed to land a blow from the rear division.
Super Powers to be kept apart
Eddie Lynam s sprinting pair Sole Power and
Slade Power will head in different Group One direc-
tions after their meeting in Friday s Coolmore Nun-
thorpe Stakes at York.
Sole Power, winner of this year s King s Stand,
fared best with a close third behind shock winner
Jwala, while the younger colt beat only a couple of
the 17 starters home.
"They re both fine, and I think Sole Power will
go to the Prix de l Abbaye and Slade will probably
go for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock," said the
County Meath trainer.
"It was one good, one bad, really. Sole Power ran
another really good race but Slade lost his chance
when he got upset in the stalls.
"Looking at the sectionals, Slade actually ran the
fastest furlong of any horse in the race (10.23 sec-
onds) between the four and the three, but his chance
was gone before that.
"He has a course and distance win at Haydock
last year - I know it was only in a Listed race, but
he had Es Que Love, Lethal Force and Bogart behind
him that day."
Sole Power has been third and fifth in the last
two renewals of the Abbaye at Longchamp on Prix
de l Arc de Triomphe day in Octob
British 1-2 in Deauville prize
Fire Ship made all to land the Group Three Prix
Quincey at Deauville, spearheading a one-two for
the British-trained raiders as he narrowly held off
the late challenge of Belgian Bill.
A 9/1 chance with British bookmakers, but nearly
twice those odds on the local pari-mutuel, Fire
Ship had picked up a Listed event at Pontefract
two runs ago before finishing fifth in the Betfred
Mile at Goodwood, and he made every yard of the
mile under Neil Callan.
Setting slow fractions, Callan managed to keep
something up his sleeve for the final sprint despite
his mount racing a little more freely than ideal, and
that tactical move proved the key to the contest as
the pair saw off the challenge of Silas Marner before
Hunt Cup winner Belgian Bill arrived on the scene.
"It s my first winner in France, and everyone s
had a good day," said Littlehampton-based Knight.
Gratzie is fit, fancied and expected to
make it third time lucky in the Maiden
Filles Stakes over a mile of good Chep-
stow today when there are eight bank
holiday Monday fixtures, three over jumps.
Plenty to choose from but my focus is
very much on the Welsh venue which opens
with two juvenile races, a set-weight seller
and a nursery.
Never travel on bank holidays was my
thought process but now it s not necessary
with two racing dedicated channels; Atther-
aces will bring the action into my lounge!
Gratzie stayed on strongly when fourth
over seven furlongs on Kempton polytrack
twelve days ago, just behind the placed
fillies, Likelihood and Manderley; both
oppose Mick Channon s charge again!
An extra furlong should be ideal for Gratzie
and with three places on offer this Three
Valleys filly makes appeal as a professional
special each-way bet.
Channon has endured a poor season; he
runs horses too often, just slings mud at
the wall and hopes some will stick, seems
to be his methodology, but the dark clouds
have lifted this past fortnight and they are
running much better.
Anyone thinking of buying a horse in
training from Channon s yard wouldn t go
far wrong; lo and behold Mick has declared
Bee Jay Jay for the Apprentice Selling Stakes
over ten furlongs and it s a time-handicap
Bee Jay Kay has only raced 11 times this
season (winning once, at Hamilton!) and
with experienced Daniel Cremin booked
really should double her seasonal tally. Is a
visit to the bank justified?
This is a fantastic time of year to con-
centrate on flat racing, especially two-year-
olds; all the form is at hand and it s just a
question of being alert to opportunities, like
Channon was when a successful English
International soccer player.
9.40 Gratzie (e.w)
10.15 Bee Jay Kay
Don't miss out
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 9 5 2 16
03CARRIAGE 5 2 4 11
04DEADMAN 3 6 4 13
05PARSONMAN 3 1 4 8
15 SICKWOMAN 3 9 4 16
18 WATERBOAT 4 8 4 15
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 8 6 17
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 3 10 21
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 5 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to August 24
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
30 (House ) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10 .30 am
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
28 (Red Fish)
8 (Tiger) 1 pm
Flaxen Flare will be pointed
towards the Ladbroke Hurdle
at Ascot in December following
his facile success at Cork yes-
The Cheltenham Festival-win-
ning four-year-old was rarely
out of second gear in the
Corkracecourse.ie Hurdle and
breezed a length clear as the 1/9
Flaxen Flare, who claimed the
Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle in
March, was last seen finishing
second in the Galway Hurdle.
Elliott, who won the Ladbroke
last year with Cause Of Causes,
said: "It was an ideal race for
him and he jumped around nice
"He ll have a little break and
come back for the Ladbroke
Hurdle at Ascot. We might find
a little Flat race for him as well."
Domination (2/9 favourite)
continued his smooth progress
this season with an assured vic-
tory in the JP McManus Hur-
dle.Trainer Charles Byrnes is con-
sidering running the six-year-
old gelding in the Betfred Cesare-
witch at Newmarket in October,
but he is just as talented over
hurdles as he is on the Flat.
Silk Hall cut out most of the
running, with Supreme Doc also
up with the pace.
The race changed complexion
three out as Supreme Doc went
for broke, but Domination always
looked in complete control.
Davy Russell s companion was
nudged into an unassailable posi-
tion at the final flight before
extending his advantage to three
lengths at the line.
Byrnes said: "I m delighted he
didn t get a hard race.
"He might have a wee break
now with the English Cesare-
witch on October 12 as his tar-
"He s very ground dependant,
though. He wants good ground.
Davy said it wasn t good enough
for him down the back straight.
"He hates soft ground and
won t run during the winter.
We ll have a look at a conditions
hurdle for him in Galway in Sep-
tember because we could be
waiting for the Cesarewitch and
the ground could go against us."
Flaxen Flare looks set for Ascot
Flaxen Flare was an easy winner at Cork.
Cirrus Des Aigles
fifth in Deauville
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