Cirrus team eye rainclouds
Cirrus Des Aigles is in the mix for the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown but connections want conditions to ease in Ireland.
Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said: "The owner wants to wait and see whether there is going to be any rain in Ireland, so we have left him in the race once more.
"If there is plenty of rain then he will run, but if there is no rain he will not. If he does not run on Saturday, he will run in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp (October 5) and then the Champion Stakes at Ascot (October 19)."
Cirrus Des Aigles began the season as the world's highest-rated racehorse, but has been disappointing in four starts this year.
Barande-Barbe remains confident the seven-year-old will bounce back to his best.
"He is absolutely fine and didn't have a hard race at Deauville last time," said the trainer. "The race did not suit him and I think he thought, 'Not today'.
"He was not blowing as much as the other horses after the race. He will be fine when the race suits him better. He is probably better over the mile and a quarter than he is over the mile and a half."