Cirrus Des Aigles - Ascot - 15/10/2011

Cirrus Des Aigles (left) was no bigger than 5-2 for Wednesday's Group 1

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Cirrus Des Aigles set to miss Prince of Wales's

CIRRUS DES AIGLES, no bigger than 5-2 for the 150th Anniversary of the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, will not run in the Group 1 where his rivals

The Champion Stakes winner will instead run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe explained: "The main reason is that the ground will be good at Ascot and good to soft or softer at Saint-Cloud.

"People talked about it being heavy but it never gets really heavy at Ascot, and there’s been much less rain than forecast.

"On top of that I decided to go back to 2400m [1m4f] in preparation for the King George and this way we avoid having to travel twice."

The decision to avoid Royal Ascot means Cirrus Des Aigles will not face old foe So You Think, who he beat in last October's Qipco Champion Stakes over Wednesday's course and distance.

Johnny Murtagh has been booked for US challenger Big Blue Kitten and the international team is completed by the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Reliable Man.

So You Think's Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Robin Hood is also in the 11-strong line up.

THINK Flat racing and most think of Royal Ascot. The hats - running the gamut from stunning to misguided - the pageantry, the Queen in her carriage, the tops 'n' tails, the champagne on lush green lawns and, not forgetting, the incredible racing come together to form one of Britain's most iconic sporting events.

Over five days in mid-June the nation's great and good descend upon the royal racetrack for an occasion rich in every sense - in heritage, in sporting merit,and in the vast array of wealth represented by the crowds of dukes, earls and oligarchs strutting before the grandstand.

For mere mortals Royal Ascot is a chance to watch and wonder at the elaborate outfits donned at the Berkshire racecourse and watch in wonder as the cream of British and Irish Flat talent square off against each other and - increasingly - the steady stream of raiders from Australia, America and other corners of the globe.

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