Almanzor half share sold to Etreham and SF

Almanzor: son of Wootton Bassett will stand at Haras d'Etreham

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Almanzor half share sold to Etreham and SF By Scott Burton 11:53AM 12 OCT 2016

IRISH Champion Stakes hero Almanzor will stay in training with Jean-Claude Rouget at four following the purchase of a half share in the son of Wootton Bassett by his breeders, Haras d'Etreham, in partnership with SF Bloodstock.

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Owned by Gerard Augustin-Normand and Antonio Caro, Almanzor has aroused plenty of interest among parties keen to stand him at stud and the deal ensures he will continue to advertise his young sire for at least another year on the racetrack.

"There had been offers for the horse from abroad and this affords an opportunity both for Almanzor himself and for Wootton Bassett with the certainty that the horse will run at four," said Etreham director Nicolas de Chambure. "That was one of the motivating factors in our decision to act. It also underlines the desire of SF to return to the French scene."

Almanzor is the highest-rated horse in Europe this season following his three-quarter length defeat of subsequent Arc heroine Found at Leopardstown last month.

Prior to that he became Wootton Bassett's first Group race winner in landing the Prix de Guiche and followed that with a first Group 1 success when storming to victory in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June.

Almanzor will have the opportunity to further advertise his credentials when lining up in the £1.3 million Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

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