QIPCO British Champion Stakes winner Almanzor has a return to Ascot for theRoyal meetingat the top of his priorities for next season.
A stunning 2016, with five wins including the feature on Champions Day and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, enabled Almanzor to be crowned the number one Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt of 2016 in London this week.
Royal Ascot 2017 is now the aim though, with trainer Jean-Claude Rouget revealing plans of a tilt at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, won this year by My Dream Boat ahead of Found in second.
"Physically, he's a marvellous horse,” Rouget said.
“I had Literato who won the Champion Stakes a few years ago, but he was a small horse and he didn't win three Group Ones like him. He's very highly-rated and is a champion.
"I hope the winter will be OK and the preparation, too. The first target is the Prince of Wales's in Ascot with a prep race maybe in the Prix d'Ispahan.
"After that, we'll see if we go to the Arc with a prep race. We don't know, it's too early to say."
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