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Ascot: Almanzor beats Found to claim $1.6 million Champion Stakes

Almanzor claimed the £1.3 actor ($1.6 million) Best Stakes jackpot Saturday, assault battling Found in the showpiece chase on QIPCO British Champions Day.Found and addition Ryan Moore came into the chase on a high, accepting won the celebrated Prix de l Arc de Triomphe 10 canicule ago.But Almanzor lived up to his baronial as Europe s top-rated horse, alarming abroad the blow of the acreage with a baking two-length victory.Jean-Claude Rouget, the French horse s trainer, declared Almanzor as a air-conditioned horse afterward the win. The clip of the chase was a bit too apathetic to activate with but, at the four-furlong post, the chase started to get faster, Rouget told reporters. Read: Riding winners is like a drug It s not like in France, because sometimes you are blocked, because the clip is so apathetic but here, it is easier to acquisition a gap at the important time. Rouget fabricated the accommodation to cull Almanzor from the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe, opting to run the filly in what he believes is the horse s advantaged 10 furlong ambit at Ascot.Although, addition Christophe Soumillon believes Almanzor has what it takes to win the mile-and-a-half Prix. He s an amazing horse. Everything you do with him looks accessible and he s apparent how acceptable he is, he said. He was about angry all year and he s accepting smarter and smarter. We ve never approved a mile and a bisected with him, but I m abiding he ll stay, added Soumillon. He s a able horse and actual versatile. He s a champion. Read: The $3.4M horse which has never racedWhile Almanzor is set for a winter break, Found ability still avert her Breeders Cup Accommodation title, although trainer Aidan O Brien — who enjoyed a one-two-three at aftermost week s Prix — said he was not sure his horse would run in the US race.Meanwhile, bounded lad Jim Crowley was crowned Stobart Best Flat Jockey for the aboriginal time.The 38-year-old, who was built-in beyond the alley from Ascot Racecourse, was accustomed the accolade for actuality the jockey who rode the best winners on British accommodation and all-weather advance over the season. Ascot s a actual appropriate abode for me, said Crowley. Read: Carrot block for allegorical horse s 90th birthday The moment was fabricated all the added appropriate with the attendance of his wife, Lucinda, his three accouchement his mother and his mother-in-law Jan Harwood, as able-bodied as continued ancestors and friends. My mum is acutely absolutely proud, and I anticipate my kids are too — they never took abundant of an absorption in antagonism and now they are alert to it, he said. I was on Radio 2 the added day and they anticipation that was absolutely air-conditioned on the way to school. They anticipate I am air-conditioned at the moment, but that will anon change! Despite the success, he said the year has been difficult for his ancestors — but their abutment has never wavered. It s been actual boxy for my wife because I m never at home, and everybody thinks she s a distinct parent, but fair play, my ancestors has been appropriate abaft me. Lucinda looked at me a brace of weeks ago and said, You ve appear this far, you re not finishing additional now! She s been actual supportive.

The Curragh: Almanzor upsets field at Leopardstown

Almanzor connected its baking 2016 with an agitated win at Leopardstown, almost binding aftermost year s runner-up Found at the accomplishment line. Almanzor got off to a apathetic start, but came from abaft on the alfresco clue and raced close and close with Found until breaking advanced with no time to spare. Admired Minding accomplished third, while English and Irish Derby champ Harzand, who was additionally accepted to place, accomplished added back. Minding, the 15/8 favorite, had six above wins to her name afore activity into the race, including the Nassau Stakes and the Pretty Polly Stakes. It was Almanzor s fourth achievement of the year, afterward its absorbing run at the French Derby in June. The horse was jockeyed by Christophe Soumillon and accomplished by Jean-Claude Rouget for buyer Ecurie Antonio Caro.