- POSTED: 07 Jun 2014 23:27
Remarkable French racehorse Cirrus des Aigles collected his sixth Group One win at Epsom on Saturday despite going lame halfway through the race.
EPSOM, United Kingdom: Remarkable French racehorse Cirrus des Aigles collected his sixth Group One win at Epsom on Saturday despite going lame halfway through the race.
The eight-year-old gelding, who is the all-time record prizemoney winner in Europe with almost £6 million ($10m), came home clear under Belgian riding ace Christophe Soumillon to prevail and justify his favourite's odds of 10/11.
Fellow French raider Flintshire, trained by six-time Coronation Cup winner Andre Fabre, was second at 6/1 after briefly looking like posing a significant challenge before the winner pulled away.
Soumillon immediately jumped off the winner after passing the post sensing that not all was right with the horse.
"I felt early on that there was something wrong," said the 33-year-old.
"In the middle of the straight he changed his leg stride and he never usually does that.
"When I crossed the winning line I knew there was something wrong so I jumped off him. I hope nothing is terribly wrong as it would be very sad."
His trainer Corine Barande-Barbe believed there wasn't too much wrong with her stable star.
"I'm so proud of him," she said.
"He's a very brave horse. He loves fighting and winning."