‘I’ve never been so keen on it’ – Hakkas always preferred to show Baaeed Champion on Arc | horse racing news

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William Haggas (right) was always keen to run Ba’id at Ascot rather than Longchamp

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By David Milnes, Newmarket Reporter

William Haggas said he had always been reluctant to run the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in place of the Champion Stakes as he revealed some of the broader reasons behind the decision in Newmarket on Sunday.

Baede will head to Ascot on October 15 instead of Longchamp 13 days earlier, and the four-year-old drew a lot of attention when he stood behind his main horse Montatham at the open weekend for Henry Cecil.

After Baaeed’s impressive win over a mile and a quarter in Group 1 Juddmonte International in York last month, Haggas warmed up to the idea of ​​the Shadwell star stepping into a trip to the arc.

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Baed and his son Ricky Hall in Newmarket on Sunday morning

But Ghass said in a statement on Thursday that his contacts were committed to an earlier plan for the four-year-old to run his final mile and a quarter race at home.

He elaborated on Sunday: “We’ve had a lot of discussions with Angus Gould, Richard Hills and Sheikha Hessa about Baeed’s involvement in the arc but I have to admit I’ve never been keen on that.

“I didn’t fall in love with all the press coverage that said you had to run in the bow to make it as good as Frankel because one of my favorite horses before Baaeed was Sea The Stars.

“He won the 2000 Guinness, the Gudmonte International Derby, the Irish Champion, the Ark and people still thought he wasn’t as good as Frankel.”

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Passes by in front of the crowd at the open weekend of Henry Cecil on his way home.

Haggas noted the contrast between the previous greats. He said: “The difference was that Sea The Stars wasn’t as impressive in his races as Frankl was and had just done the job while Frankel was very prolific both in the sprint and in some of his races. I thought Baaeed was a lot like Sea The Stars until he introduced this A performance in York that surprised everyone, even us.”

Haggas’ plan had always been for him to go up Ba’id on his journey to York and there was a reason behind it. He said: “We’ve always thought there was a slight chance he might be better at a mile and a quarter than he was at a mile, but the program doesn’t suggest that going up to ten furlongs before Gudmonte is the right thing to do.

“It could have gone to Lockinge and then the Prince of Wales’s Stakes but then you have a very short time until Eclipse and then nothing until Juddmonte International.”

When it came to the crunch of time about setting up Baaeed for Longchamp or Ascot, there was a decision to be made.

Haqqas said, “After giving the original statement, Sheikha Hessa said she would prefer to go to the Arc if the ground was good but I think she changed her mind and everyone has the right to that as the coaches do it every five minutes of the day. In our last conversation she said let’s stick to the champion and make it his conclusion.”

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