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Published: 11:41 | 13/10/16

11 declared for Champion Stakes


Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Found is among 11 horses declared for Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Aidan O'Brien's filly was second to Fascinating Rock in the Ascot feature 12 months ago but she heads to the Berkshire course on the back of her stunning victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

"The Arc was always her target. All the other races were on the way to the Arc. She takes her races so well. We did it last year (run in the Irish Champion Stakes, Arc and Champion Stakes] and she's been fine since France. It's the way she is," O'Brien said.

"We all knew a long time ago that there's something different about her. She's incredible, really, the most genuine horse I've ever seen. She empties the tank every time. The problem is not to let her empty too quick - she goes right to the bottom of herself. It's very unusual."

Fascinating Rock returns to Ascot along with Jack Hobbs and Racing History, last year's third and fourth, while Found will be joined in the race by Derby runner-up US Army Ranger.

French Derby winner Almanzor beat Found in the Irish Champion Stakes last time and Jean-Claude Rouget is favourite to land the Group 1 prize.

Sir Michael Stoute will be represented by Mid Term, while Prince of Wales's Stakes winner My Dream Boat has stood his ground for Clive Cox.

The Grey Gatsby will take his chance for Kevin Ryan with Richard Fahey's Gabrial and Maverick Wave from John Gosden's yard completing the field.

Meanwhile, Guineas and Oaks winner Minding has been declared for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on the same card.

Minding has not run over a mile since being beaten by Jet Setting in the Irish Guineas but Aidan O'Brien has decided to let her take her chance over the shorter trip.

2000 Guineas and St James's Palace winner Galileo Gold and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad have stood their ground for Hugo Palmer and Kevin Prendergast respectively, while Richard Fahey will be represented by Prix Jacques le Marois hero Ribchester.

As well as Minding, O'Brien will saddle Hit It A Bomb with Adaay, Hathal, Breton Rock, Lightning Spear, Barchan, Stormy Antarctic and Mitchum Swagger completing the list.

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