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Baaeed takes the breath away in the Juddmonte International as he stretches unbeaten record to 10

Brilliant Baaeed takes your breath away in the Juddmonte International as he expands unbeaten record to 10

  • Baaeed blew the field in the Juddmonte International Stakes in York
  • He defeated International Stakes winner Mishriff by six and a half lengths
  • Baaeed gave his best showing to blow away the strongest field he encountered

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10 years after the great Frankel scorched the York in the Juddmonte International to deliver arguably his best performance, Baaeed delivered his most spectacular run to blow away the strongest field he faced.

Frankel, widely recognized as the best horse of modern times, defeated Farhh by seven lengths on his first attempt at 10 furlongs in 2012. First time, 2021 International Stakes winner blew Mishriff away by six and a half lengths.

In another iteration of Frankel’s great day, the Knavesmire crowd began to applaud as one to acknowledge that they were watching something special as Baaeed galloped on.

Baaeed sped to victory in the Juddmonte Stakes for his 10th consecutive win

Baaeed sped to victory in the Juddmonte Stakes for his 10th consecutive win

Baaeed entered the race and was already hailed as the best racehorse in the world, with nine consecutive wins of clinical efficiency. What he lacked was a performance to take his breath away. We have it here in run No. 10.

Haggas admitted he had woken up at 1:30 a.m. after a nightmare in which Baaeeds had slipped. Instead, the Newmarket-based Yorkshireman got his dream scenario.

Haggas said: ‘It was spectacular. I am now glad that everyone will believe in him. We think he’s fantastic and have done so for a while. Sure, I’ve been slow to get him up in the trip, but he was so dominant at a mile. This was the perfect opportunity.

“Rarely in a high-class race like this do you see a horse appear at the bridle with two furlongs running like it’s about to go down.”

Jockey Jim Crowley admitted he would have liked to show the spectators what Baaeed could do, adding: “I just gave him some rest. It has made no sense for me in the season to give this horse a tough race. Everything is focused on today and it was perfect.’

Aidan O’Brien’s High Definition paid the price for trying to make the race a test of endurance, finishing last of six. Charlie Appleby’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, Native Trail, ran into problems early to finish fifth, giving Sir Busker a 100-1 shot to take third prize of £107,600.

Jim Crowley celebrates after driving Baaeed to victory at York Racecourse on Wednesday

Jim Crowley celebrates after driving Baaeed to victory at York Racecourse on Wednesday

Jim Crowley celebrates after driving Baaeed to victory at York Racecourse on Wednesday

Despite getting 5-4 quotes for the one-mile Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Haggas said there would be no deviation from the plan to have Baaeed, who races in the Shadwell Stud colors of the late Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum, 11th and final race in the 10-furlong Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.

After that it is pension and cover. Frankel’s initial stud fee was £125,000 and he is now asking £200,000. Baaeed should be in the same stadium.

The only blemish on Haggas’s day was a £140 fine after a BHA veteran saw results on Baaeed before the race.

Without hiding his irritation, the trainer said: ‘The vet noticed some spots on his neck that he thought were ringworm. I can assure you that Baaeed didn’t leave the garden anywhere and when I went to saddle him I couldn’t find any.

“It was unnecessary and I hope they don’t think we don’t know what we’re doing. It was probably heat rash.’

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