Cirrus back to winning ways
Cirrus Des Aigles returned to the winner's enclosure with victory in the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte.
Sent swiftly to the front by Christophe Soumillon, the Corine Barande-Barbe-trained gelding set just a steady pace through the early stages before being asked a few questions by Smoking Sun.
The pair went head-to-head from a furlong and a half out but Soumillon's mount asserted in the closing stages to win a shade cosily from Valley Jem with Smoking Sun eventually third.
Now a seven-year-old, Cirrus Des Aigles was having his 50th career outing and was winning for the 17th time, three of those in Group One company.
Paddy Power halved him in price to 7/1 for the Champion Stakes at Ascot, a race he won in 2011.