‘We can’t do both’ – Baaeed set to Champion Stakes instead of showing Arc | horse racing news

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Baaid: He will not compete in the Qatar Grand Prix of the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 2.

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By David Milnes, Newmarket Reporter

Baaeed Will not run in the greatest race in Europe after the communication decided to miss Qatar Arc de Triomphe Award And head to the Qipco Champion Stakes in Ascot instead.

The unbeaten son of Sea The Stars had to be supplemented with the Arc by his owner breeders Shadwell at a cost of €120,000.

The late team boss Hamdan Al Maktoum has never won the Longchamp award and his daughter Sheikha Hessa was due to speak to ousted Newmarket coach William Haggas this week about the plans.

A decision on Wednesday afternoon emerged that the Ascot Prize, which had always been the first intention for Hagas, had come out on top as the preferred option.

Before the news, Baeid, who has been flawless in ten races, was Coral’s favorite 9-4 in the arc, while the company had made it at 1-3 for the Champion Stakes, which takes place on October 15.

Baed’s faithful groom, Ricky Hall, put the four-year-old star in his stride at Newmarket on Wednesday morning after which his camp came to the conclusion that he would not run the arc, a race widely regarded as one of the best in the world. most popular.

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Haqqas said: “After a lot of consultations with Sheikha Hessa and her team, we have decided to make the final start to a long run at the Champion Stakes in Ascot on October 15th.

“He was impressive at Juddmonte International and it was only right to explore every option. I was, in particular, keen to keep him for a mile and a quarter, so Champion Stakes was the only logical solution.

“I understand a lot of people will be disappointed that he won’t run in the arc but we can’t do both and Ascot will be.”

Haggas has made no secret of the season that the end of Champions Day was his favourite, but Baede’s reckless performance at the Judmonte International in York means the arc, which takes place over a mile and a half, has been discussed as a potential farewell opening before the extraordinary. Colt retired studs.

However, the £1.3m Champion Stakes is where, luxury permitting, to go when the race-winning prize of £737,230 comes in handy Haggas’ bid for the first coaches title.

In the absence of Baaeed, last weekend’s impressive Irish champions Luxembourg are the new favorites of Arc at 4-1 with Coral, with Alpinista in second place in the market with a 5-1 score.


Qatar Arc de Triomphe Award (October 2, Longchamp)

Coral: 4 Luxembourg, 5 Alpinesta, 8 holders, Torquator Tasso, 9 Onesto, 14 Adayar, 16 La Parisienne, Westover, 20 Al Hakeem, Do Deuce, 25 bar

Qipco Champion Stakes (October 15, Ascot)

Coral: 1-3 Baaeed, 5 Vadeni, 6 Adayar, Luxembourg, 8 Nashwa, Onesto, 10 Bay Bridge, 12 Erevann, Mishriff, 14 Dubai Honor, La Petite Coco, Lord North, Maljoom, Sealiway, 16 bar


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First Publication Date: 2:37 PM, September 14, 2022