Legendary Cirrus bows out

Legendary Cirrus bows out

30 March 2016

Recognized throughout the world like the incredible « Fighting Cirrus » for his legendary tenacity, Cirrus des Aigles is close to leave the track to enjoy a « golden retirement ».

Bred by Yvon Lelimouzin (ex-star jockey in south-west of France) with modest origins (Even Top and Taille de Guêpe), Cirrus des Aigles joined Corine Barande-Barbe's yard at Chantilly. After low results at the beginning of his career, the gelding won by 6 lenghts the Listed race Prix du Lion-d'Angers at three years old. One month later, he took the first place in the Group 3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp, which will become his favourite racecourse, followed by a victory in the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Gr.2). In 2010, he finished in the first place of the Qatar Prix Dollar (Gr.2), a race he actually won three times.

In 2011, Cirrus des Aigles was called « Fighting Cirrus » and be appointed by Cartier Awards as « European older horse of the year ». During this season, he brilliantly won the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot defeating the cracks So You Think, Snow Fairy, Midday as well as Nathaniel and gave way with the spoils in the Prix Ganay (Gr.1) against Planteur and Sarafina, and in the Prix d'Ispahan (Gr.1) against the queen Goldikova. Cirrus des Aigles will always be remembered as one of the very few horses who approached the incredible Frankel in the Group 1 Champion Stakes in 2012. He won another Titan match in 2014 when in a dantesque home straight he finally got the better of the champion Trêve (dual winner of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe).

He continued his amazing career up to 2016, with a remarkable record both in achievement and lifetime speaking. On March, 28th, the Cirrus des Aigles's team decided to put an end to the champion career due to a ligament problem on his foot.

Cirrus des Aigles in a few number:

- More than 7 million euros of prize money, earned throughout the world

- 7 Group 1 wins out of 29 entries


To relive the amazing 2012 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, click here. 

Discover the Titan match between Cirrus des Aigles and Trêve in the Prix Ganay 2014 by clicking here.

Click here to watch the nice tribute to Cirrus des Aigles by France Galop.

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