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Cirrus monitored by Epsom vets

Cirrus Des Aigles remained under observation at Epsom this evening after pulling up lame following his victory in the Investec Coronation Cup.

The globetrotting eight-year-old was quickly dismounted by Christophe Soumillon after passing the line in the mile-and-a-half showpiece, having beaten Flintshire to record his sixth Group One success and his 21st career victory in all.

He was eventually able to walk back to the winner's enclosure to receive the applause of the crowd, and was seemingly moving better with trainer Corine Barande-Barbe happier with his condition.

The gelding was assessed by veterinary surgeons and was due to be monitored further before travelling back to France on Sunday.

Clerk of the course and head of racing Andrew Cooper said: "Cirrus Des Aigles continues to be monitored by racecourse veterinary surgeons at Epsom.

"He is displaying signs of some soreness on his off-fore, but remains scheduled to travel home to France early on Sunday morning.

"He will continue to be monitored all the time he remains at Epsom."

Barande-Barbe said earlier: "He was a a bit lame on passing the post but is a bit better now, nothing really serious has happened but you don't like to see it when a horse is lame.

"When you touch it you can see nothing, neither can the vet. Maybe he missed a step, I don't know. I'm not really worried but I prefer to be able to say tomorrow that he is OK.

"In the morning if he has a little hole (in his tendon) I will be able to tell when I touch it, he doesn't show it now."