Champion Almanzor Officially Retired To Stud Following Lackluster 4-Year-Old Debut

by | 08.20.2017 | 6:20pm
Almanzor and Christophe Soumillon hold off Found (Frankie Dettori) and Minding (Ryan Moore) to win the 2016 Irish Champion Stakes Sept. 10

The 2016 Cartier 3-year-old champion Almanzor has officially been retired from racing, confirmed on Sunday. The son of Wootton Bassett had his 2017 debut delayed by an EHV-1 outbreak in trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's yard, and only beat one horse home in his first start as a 4-year-old in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron.

“After consultations with Jean-Claude Rouget and the partners, we have come to the difficult decision to retire Almanzor,” said Sylvain Vidal, representative of part owner Gerard Augustin-Normand. “We came into the year with great hopes and expectations for a successful campaign culminating in glory in the [G1 Prix de l']Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately with the setback he has had, including the virus spread through the stable earlier this year, it is apparent that he would not be fit enough to challenge for the Arc this year.”

Almanzor retires with a record of eight wins from 11 starts, including victories in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes and the Qipco Champion Stakes. He earned over US$3 million in his career.


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