Almanzor in shock win at French Derby

Jockey Jean-Bernard Eyque rides Almanzor

Jockey Jean-Bernard Eyque rode Almanzor to a well-timed victory

Almanzor sprang a 20-1 surprise to give trainer Jean-Claude Rouget his second win in the French Derby at Chantilly.

Having also won with Le Havre in 2009, Rouget sent out the son of former Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Wootton Bassett, to win by a length and a half.

Zarak came with a late rattle to claim second spot, with Dicton also putting in good late work to take third place, another length and three-quarters away.

Rouget also saddled leading fancy Mekhtaal, but he failed to challenge.

After Harry Dunlop’s Robin Of Navan had made most of the running, jockey Jean-Bernard Eyque brought Almanzor through with a well-timed finish.

Following the win, Almanzor was installed as a 16-1 shot for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October.

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