French Derby winner Almanzor made his case as one of the top horses in Europe Saturday, defeating Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Found by a solid two lengths in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. Under Christophe Soumillon, Almanzor reeled off his fifth consecutive victory in the effort, rolling through 1 1/4 miles over good turf in 2:05.94. A 3-year-old son of Wootton Bassett, Almanzor is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget.
“He’s an amazing horse,” said Soumillon to racingpost.com. “Everything you do with him looks easy and he’s shown how good he is. He was nearly unbeatable all year and he’s getting smarter and smarter.”
“He’s a champion,” Rouget said. “He did the same performance he did at Leopardstown and the time he had between the two races was perfect. He beat Found further because I think she had the Arc (just 13 days ago) in her legs.”
Saturday’s win brings Almanzor’s record to eight wins from 10 starts, with earnings of £2,135,990 (US$ 2,602,917). The last time he met Found, he defeated the filly by just three-quarters of a length in the Sept. 10 Irish Champion Stakes.
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