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BAAEED will have his final race in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15 and not contest the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, trainer William Haggas has revealed.
Baaeed is unbeaten in 10 starts and impressed with the manner of his victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York when stepped up to a mile and a quarter for the first time.
The four-year-old was scheduled to end his career in the Champion Stakes. But such was the ease of his win at York, the possibility was raised that the Sheikha Hissa Al Maktoum-owned colt may instead run in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over a mile and a half at Longchamp on October 2.
Baaeed was odds-on favourite for both events, however Haggas revealed on Wednesday morning that the son of Epsom Derby and Arc winner Sea The Stars would conclude his sublime career at Ascot and would not run in France.
“After much consultation with Sheikha Hissa and her team we have decided that Baaeed’s final start will be in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15,” Haggas told the Racing Post.
“He was very impressive in the Juddmonte International and it was only right that we explored every option. I, in particular, was keen to keep him to a mile and a quarter, therefore the Champion Stakes was the only logical solution.
“I understand many will be disappointed he’s not running in the Arc but we can’t do both and Ascot it will be.”
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