The world’s highest-rated racehorse, Baaeed, is set to have the final run of his career in October, with the Champions Stakes on British Champions Day his most likely next assignment.
Connections are going to wait until the early stages of October before they finalise their plans for the horse, with the ground set to be at the front of their mind when they consider which race to feature in.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the most prestigious turf race in Europe, is also being pondered over by trainer William Haggas. If he did take part in the race at Longchamp in Paris, it would be his first attempt at the 1m4f distance.
Baaeed is 1/3 in the horse racing betting online to finish his career with victory in the Champion Stakes. He could be set to take on French Oaks winner Vadeni and Mishriff in that race at Ascot.
The son of Sea the Stars is likely to be one of the leading tips of horse racing for the British Champions Day meeting as he showed at York that he was just as effective over 1m2f than he is over 1m.
Final Run Will Help His Legacy
With six Group One wins on his CV, including successes in the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Sussex Stakes, and International Stakes, Baaeed has already established himself as one of the best horses of the last decade. However, his legacy will be enhanced if he can end his career with a 100% record.
Baaeed has been compared to Frankel over the last 12 months, and the horse has taken a similar path in his career to the former 2,000 Guineas winner. In 2012, Frankel signed off with success in the Champion Stakes.
Should connections of Baaeed choose to run in the Arc, and then win the French contest, that would give him Group One victories over 1m, 1m2f, and 1m4f, something which would help him stand out over some of the greatest horses in the history of Flat racing.
The Arc would represent Baaeed’s toughest challenge in his career, as he would be facing the best 1m2f distance horses in Europe, with defending champion Torquator Tasso, Japanese star Titleholder, and King George winner Pyledriver all likely to feature.
Future Set to Be in Breeding
Once he retires at the end of the season, Baaeed will then have a career in breeding. Given what he achieved in his career, he is likely to be in high demand, just like Frankel has been since he entered his new role.
Frankel has produced some fantastic offspring over the last few years, including Derby winner Adayar, St Leger winner Hurricane Lane and Oaks winner Anapurna. He was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 2021.
Baaeed has been a huge success for the Shadwell Estate operation, and he could play a very important role in helping them produce some good horses in the future.
Racing fans will be keen to not miss Baaeed’s final appearance as they will know it will be the last time they see him produce his brilliance on the track.
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