Karl Burke trained the star filly to big race wins in the 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock and the Prix Sigy at Chantilly – but her finest moment was without doubt her storming success in the Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
On that afternoon she justified strong support to beat Kachy with a powerful finish. Her season finished with defeat in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes on Champions Day, but her trainer is confident of another successful season in 2017.
“She is obviously the stable star of last year and she has wintered brilliantly. I am really pleased with her – she has thickened out and strengthened as a lot of those sprinting horses do,” Burke told AtTheRaces.com.
“She is fairly restricted and limited to where she can go but she will start off in a Group 2 in either the Duke of York, the Temple Stakes at Haydock the following week or a Group 2 over six furlongs at the Curragh on the same day as the Temple.
“I think She will go to one of them as a prep run for Royal Ascot and hopefully then onto the July meeting at Newmarket and then maybe onto the Nunthorpe depending on how she gets on in the Temple. She will go for the Sprint Cup at Haydock and then Champions Day at Ascot and then that will be her done.”
Almanzor On Track For Royal Ascot Appearance
French flyer Almanzor will return to the scene of his finest success with Royal Ascot one of the main targets for Jean-Claude Rouget’s stable star.
The four-year-old was the star of the show on QIPCO Champions Day in 2016 as he breezed past Found and Jack Hobbs to win the QIPCO Champion Stakes. Now the superstar will head for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on the second day of Royal Ascot, as he looks for more Group One glory at the iconic track.
“The main target for Almanzor during the first half of the year is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and he will prep for that in the Prix d’Ispahan,” Rouget told the Racing Post.
“He has done well physically over the winter but he has done nothing yet in the way of fast work, he has just been cantering.”
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