No rush for Almanzor plan

Connections of Almanzor are in no hurry to pin the top-class colt to specific races in 2017 after his fabulous victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Almanzor wins the Champion Stakes at Ascot from Found

A return to Ascot for the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting and ultimately a crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October were mooted after the success.

Almanzor was confirming Irish Champion Stakes form with Found, who had sandwiched triumph in the Arc between those two races.

The son of Wootton Bassett stays in training next year with Jean Claude-Rouget when the major middle-distance races in Europe will again beckon.

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"It was a wonderful performance. He's a champion. He's a very class horse," said Sylvain Vidal, racing manager to part-owner Gerard Augustin-Normand.

"That was the plan so the job is done.

"I can't say now what the plan will be for next year. I have no idea.

"He could go for the Arc, but that is next year, so we will see.

"He has deserved to go on his break."

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