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

    Christophe Soumillon celebrates riding Almanzor to victory in The Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

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    • Almanzor wins $1.6m Champion Stakes
    • Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Found is second

    (CNN)Almanzor claimed the £1.3 million ($1.6 million) Champion Stakes jackpot Saturday, beating rival Found in the showpiece race on QIPCO British Champions Day.

    Found and rider Ryan Moore came into the race on a high, having won the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 10 days ago.
      But Almanzor lived up to his ranking as Europe's top-rated horse, blowing away the rest of the field with a blistering two-length victory.
      Jean-Claude Rouget, the French horse's trainer, described Almanzor as "a super horse" following the win.
      "The pace of the race was a bit too slow to begin with but, at the four-furlong post, the race started to get faster," Rouget told reporters.
      "It's not like in France, because sometimes you are blocked, because the pace is so slow but here, it is easier to find a gap at the important time."
      Rouget made the decision to pull Almanzor from the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, opting to run the colt in what he believes is the horse's favored 10 furlong distance at Ascot.
      Although, rider 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