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Glory and Cirrus set to clash

Olympic Glory is on a collision course with Cirrus Des Aigles in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on Sunday.

Trained by Richard Hannon and owned by Al Shaqab Racing, Olympic Glory is set for a quick return to the track in the nine-furlong Group One contest after winning the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last weekend.

He is set to wage war with Corine Barande-Barbe's French veteran Cirrus Des Aigles, who claimed the scalp of Treve in the Prix Ganay at the Paris track in April.

Despite the close proximity between the Lockinge and the D'Ispahan, connections of Olympic Glory are prepared to take a calculated with last season's Queen Elizabeth II winner.

Harry Herbert, racing advisor for Al Shaqab Racing, said: "It's unusual, obviously, but I think this is a slightly unusual horse in that he is hardened, tough and loves his racing.

"As long as Richard Hannon is happy, we feel like the horse is ready to go again."

Barande-Barbe said of Cirrus Des Aigles, who has lost none of his sparkle as an eight-year-old: "He will run in the D'Ispahan on Sunday.

"Whether he will then go to Epsom (for the Coronation Cup) I'm not sure, we will leave the door open.

"He has been second in this race twice in the past, but this one we will win!"