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Published: 19:59 | 10/9/16

Almanzor wins Irish Champions Stakes

French Derby winner Almanzor came out on top in an exhilarating race to claim the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The French derby winner was held up in the early stages, before unleashing a strong finish on the outside.

Frankie Dettori mounted a challenge on the Aiden O’brien trained found but Almanzor proved too strong to pen back in the closing stages.

Winning jockey Christophe Soumlin could not hide his delight at the win: "He's a great horse. I've won on him a few times and I knew today he was going to run a great race.

"It was not easy before the race to think that we were going to win it, because it was a really tough Irish Champion Stakes, but we got lucky that the pace was strong and he was very relaxed at the back.

"When I asked him to go he had a strong turn of foot. I was very confident, but when I saw Frankie coming on the inside, I knew he was going to give me a hard time for a couple of hundred metres because I know Found and she's very strong as well.

"However, only champions can win a race like this and I'm so pleased to ride him."

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