O'Brien hails Found ahead of Champions Day


Aidan O'Brien described the "incredible" Found as the most genuine horse he has ever seen, with the filly ready for an assault on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.

Found landed the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe under Ryan Moore earlier this month on a famous day for prolific trainer O'Brien, who saddled the first three past the post in the prestigious race at Longchamp.

The four-year-old daughter of Galileo had finished second in her five outings before producing a blistering finish to claim a magnificent victory in France and was also runner-up to Fascinating Rock in the Champion Stakes at Ascot 12 months ago.

Found returns to Ascot for another shot at the Group 1 race over a mile and two furlongs this weekend, aiming to turn the tables on French raider Almanzor in a lucrative meeting which brings the curtain down on the flat season in Europe.

And O'Brien was full of praise for Found ahead of the race.

"The Arc was always her [main] target. All the other races were on the way to the Arc," he said.

"She takes her races so well. We did it last year [entered the Irish Champion Stakes, Arc and Champion Stakes] and she's been fine since France. It's the way she is.

"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."

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt Almanzor will be expected to pose the biggest threat to Found, having won four races in a row - one of which came at the expense of Found in the Irish Champion Stakes last month.

Fascinating Rock and Jack Hobbs are among the other entries in a field of 11, while Minding is another major player for O'Brien and jockey Moore in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Oaks winner Minding was third in the Irish Champion Stakes after reeling off three wins in a row and faces stiff competition from Ribchester and Galileo Gold on a day in which there is over £4 million in prize money up for grabs over five races in the British Champions Series categories.

It will be a memorable afternoon for Jim Crowley, who sealed the jockey title for the first time this week after coming out on top in a gripping duel with 2015 champion Silvestre de Sousa.