Baaeed aims for an 11th consecutive victory in the final race on British Champions Day at Ascot


Baaeed has won all 10 of his races, including his last six at the top Group One level
Date: October 15, Saturday Place: Ascot Racecourse
Race times: 13:25-16:40 BST (Champion Stakes 16:00) Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live updates

Trainer William Haggas says it is “tremendously important” Baaeed ended his unbeaten run with victory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Europe’s best horse will claim his 11th victory in his final race on British Champions Day.

“A lot of people who follow horse racing really want to take it easy on their stuff and see them win,” Newmarket trainer Haggas said.

“I think they really want to see a top horse without a win.”

Baaeed is one of nine horses nominated for the Champion Stakes, with rivals including Adayar and Bay Bridge.

The four-year-old will be retired to stud after competing over 10 furlongs in the £1.3m race on Britain’s richest race day.

His farewell comes 10 years later The legendary Frankel he bowed out with the victory in the same race, with a record of 14 wins out of 14.

“Frankel was undefeated and few are at the top level,” Haggas said.

“Obviously we want him to win every race he runs, so I think it would be sad if he was beaten, probably only sad for us, not sad for the people who beat him.”

On keeping the winning record, he said, “I think it’s incredibly important that we’re almost there.”

Haggas said he respected potential opponents including last year’s Derby winner Adayar, but they “have to go” to beat Baaeed.

Despite the prediction, the trainer said that he “doesn’t believe in a lot of pressure” and that Baaeed was “a horse that has everything”.

“He’s the student every leader wants,” he said.

“The horse would get 10 A*s at GCSE, captain rugby, cricket, football and hockey. He’d get into Cambridge and be prime minister.”

The British Day of Champions features four Group One races on a six-race card and total prize money of £4.1 million.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby and new champion jockey William Buick are the main hopes in the Modern Games Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Creative Force Champion Sprint Stakes.

Inspiral, Frankie Dettori’s mount, will be looking to defeat Modern Games for trainers John and Thady Gosden, who run Emily Upjohn in the Fillies and Mares Stakes.

Trueshan, ridden by Hollie Doyle, has claimed a third successive victory in the Long Distance Cup, where St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov also lines up.

The recently retired 2018 Stradivarius winner will parade before the start of the race.

British Champions Day (All times BST)

13:25 Long Distance Cup

14:00 Champion Sprint Stakes

14:40 Foals and Mares Stakes

15:20 Bets of Queen Elizabeth II

16:00 Champions bets

16:40 Balmoral Impairment

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