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The highest-rated horse in Europe who helped light up 2016 QIPCO British Champions Day with a superb two-length win over Found in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
It had been the same result when the pair met in the Irish version of the race at Leopardstown the previous month. In between, Found had won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Almanzor was stretching his winning sequence to five at Ascot, where he again showed a high cruising speed and superb turn of foot. He had won the French Derby before his victories in Ireland and England.
Trained by French champion Jean-Claude Rouget, Almanzor is to stay in training in 2017.
“It was the right decision to run here as the track and ground were going to suit him well,” Rouget said after his Champions Day triumph. “I love this horse. It was always the plan to come here since the summer. I didn’t change my mind on what I was going to do and I’m glad I didn’t.
“The pace of the race was a bit too slow to begin with but, at the four-furlong post, the race started to get faster. It’s not like in France because sometimes you are blocked because the pace is so slow but here, it is easier to find a gap at the important time.
“He’s a super horse. I would rank him very highly against all the horses I have ever trained. It’s fantastic to win this race and fantastic to win a Group One race here. I have won this race before with Literato but that was when it was run at Newmarket. I love to come here and I love to win races here.”
Bred and part owned by the de Chambure family’s Haras d’ Etreham in Normandie, Almanzor is by the stud’s stallion Wootton Bassett and was a 100,000 euro yearling at Arqana’s August sale when knocked down to trainer Rouget and Antonio Caro.
Nicolas de Chambure said: “It is very, very special because we have followed the horse since he was born as we bred him, and to be co-owner of the horse is wonderful.
“We are glad the owner of the horse was happy for us to come in and we are happy that the horse will stay in training next year. It is something the sport needs. If he is sound and Jean-Claude (Rouget) is happy with him, he will stay in training. This horse is very special – we all want to see him running.
“We will discuss his stud career next year after enjoying his racing career.”
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