Connections plan for the unbeaten Baaeed to bring the curtain down on his career in next month’s Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

William Haggas’ (pictured) four-year-old was initially being aimed at this Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for his swansong, but he will instead head to Ascot for the Champion Stakes on October 15.

A winner of the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day last year, Baaeed (1/3 to win Champion Stakes) was last seen delivering an exceptional performance to land the Juddmonte International at York in August.

That took the four-year-old’s winning record to 10 and connections are hopeful he can claim an 11th victory in the Champion Stakes so he can end his career unbeaten.

“It’s going to be a big day for the horse, Sheikha Hissa, all of us, for everybody,” Angus Gold, racing manager for Baaeed’s owners Shadwell, told reporters.

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“Horses like this don’t come around very often. The main thing is to check we get him there in one piece.

“We have three weeks to go and at this time of the year things can change quickly, with the seasons changing and with horses that have been on the go a fair while, so we are not taking anything for granted.”

Baaeed will face a stern test of his credentials at Ascot, with 2021 Derby hero Adayar (7/2 to win Champion Stakes), as well as the winners of the last two renewals of the Champion Stakes, Sealiway (22/1) and Addeybb (25/1), among the 21 horses still left in at this stage for the Group 1 contest.

If Baaeed can maintain his unbeaten record, then further comparisons will be drawn with Frankel, who also signed off from a perfect career by winning the Champion Stakes a decade ago.

“It would be fantastic if he could retire unbeaten,” Gold added. “Not many do and we all know the last great one was to do so (Frankel) and it would be fantastic to emulate him.

“I don’t mean that in terms of saying he is as good as Frankel, but to retire unbeaten would be brilliant.”

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