International stakes success for Almanzor

International stakes success for Almanzor14 Aug 2022

Almanzor sired his third stakes winner when Lassaut romped away with the Listed Prix Nureyev over 2000 metres at Deauville.

The three-year-old is prepared by Jean-Clade Rouget, who trained his sire, and the three-time winner is part-owned by our good friends at Haras d’Etreham.

"He reminded me there of certain other days (with Almanzor). Three people have already come up to me and said they've never seen a horse do that,’ Rouget told the Racing Post.

“It was all the more impressive because he did it in the space of 250 metres. I thought he was going to be third, but he accelerated twice. I think we’ll need to look at England for him."

Haras d’Etreham also shares in the ownership with OTI Racing in Almanzor’s son Athabascan, who ran third in the Prix Nureyev, while his daughter Queen Trezy finished runner-up in the G3 Queen Minerve on the Deauville card.

It completed a strong weekend for the stallion following Manzoice’s victory at Rosehill to boost his claims for upcoming black-type targets.

Trainer Chris Waller has eyes on the G3 Gloaming Stakes and the G1 Spring Champion Stakes as potential spring targets for the colt.

“We can see him as a Spring Champion type horse, so we think he just needs racing and I’m under the opinion that you need to get these horses to lift to this level and they gradually improve without giving them an impossible task,” Waller said.