Baaeed didn’t find one last great performance coming down on Saturday to win first in his 11th and final race in The Champion Stakes at Ascot.
The William-Haggas-trained four-year-old did not want to displease the ground and was fourth behind Bay Bridge, giving her trainer and like Haggas cricket devotee Michael Stoutius, winning third in the race.
“He’s still deflated, but he’s still a good horse,” Haggas said.
“I’m sad it didn’t win him and his guests and all the people in the area who worked tirelessly to get him there. There you are, he’s a racehorse.
Yes, I’m afraid not.
While his defeat provided something of a damp squib, the previous day’s British Champions were alive with a double for the King of Ascot’s Frankie Dettori.
Dettori hinted in the Sun newspaper that next year would be his last after what he said was an “up and down year” that still yielded seven Group One winners – nine were the end of the day.
The 51-year-old Italian made his tally eight in the second stage of the day’s Sprint Pole consistency, leading Kinross to victory.
His victory was so easy that the showman was delighted to put Dettori aside for the crowd to enjoy.
– ‘Clean me’ –
He returned to Dettori by performing a flying descent for half an hour – with a whoop of delight – after an equally easy victory over Emily Upjohn in the Fillies and Mares Stakes number nine.
It was a worthy win at the top level for Emily Upjohn after she finished a close second in the Oak despite losing a lot of ground at the start.
Her win seemed to put a spark back into Dettori especially when she was going for next year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
“I’m not leaving! Excellent,” said Dettori.
“I had a feeling of not winning Group One this year as I was completely robbed in the oaks.
“It gave me the wow factor again!”
However the fortunes were against Dettori in the second as the favorite Inspiral did not want to come out of the stalls and never in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“It leaves a grape taste,” he said.
The honors instead went to Tom Marquand who hammered home the 33/1 shot Bayside Boy to take the honours.
Queen Consort Camilla, a keen runner, and who had a horse, made a presentation at the race day which the late Queen Elizabeth II used to attend regularly.
Marquand’s victory was completed by his wife Hollie Doyle, who started the day with a victory over the strong guest Trueshan.
He deserved the suspension but it couldn’t take away from Truesham’s brilliance as he became the first horse to win Champions Day three times with his third victory in the Long Distance Cup.
“What a horse. I’m kind of dumb to be honest,” he said.
“He means the world to me.”
William Buick could do with second in The Champion Stai in Adayar, but the first-born Norwegian rider was presented with the Champion AGASO trophy at the beginning of the meeting.
Buick received the trophy from five-time champion Willie Carson – Thomas Buick’s son appeared more aggressive with the trophy than his father, kissing and rubbing the top several times.
Carson, 79, received his recognition as an inductee into Britain’s Series of Hall of Fame in a medal presented by the Queen consort later in the day.
Henry Cecilius, a late educator, was also introduced to it for 10 years, after his name ‘Enry’ was chanted around the ring fighting cancer, he would die the following year, and Frankel greeted him for the last time. the victors in prison.
Frankel, unlike Baaeed, kept the script and claimed victory in The Champion Stake for his fourteenth win in 14 races.