Bay Bridge rains at Baaeed’s parade, Dettori at the Champions Day double

Baaeed failed to produce one last great performance on Saturday as he suffered his first defeat in his 11th and final race in The Champion Stakes at Ascot.

The four-year-old, coached by William-Haggas, found the ground was not to his liking and finished fourth behind Bay Bridge, giving his trainer and like Haggas, a cricketer Michael Stoute, his third win of the race.

“It’s still a vacuum, but he’s still a good horse,” Haggas said.

“I’m sad he didn’t win for him and his connections, as well as all the people on the farm who worked tirelessly to get him there. Let’s go, it’s horse racing.

“This is the end of him, I’m afraid.”

While his defeat caused a bit of a setback, the earlier part of British Champions Day had been livened up with a double for the ‘King of Ascot’ Frankie Dettori.

Dettori has hinted in The Sun newspaper that next year could be his last after saying it has been a “year of ups and downs” that has still produced seven Group 1 winners – at the end of the day it was nine.

The 51-year-old Italian took his tally to eight in the day’s second race, the Sprint Stakes, leading the resilient Kinross to victory.

His victory was so easy that the showman side of Dettori was pleased to “enjoy the audience.”

– ‘means the world to me’ –

Dettori was back with his flying exit half an hour later – with a whoop of joy – after an equally easy win over Emily Upjohn in the Fillies and Mares Stakes for the number 9.

It was a deserved win at the highest level for Emily Upjohn after she came close to second in the Oaks despite losing a lot of ground at the start.

Her win seemed to reignite Dettori, especially as she will be aiming for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next year.

“I’m not retiring! It was brilliant,” said Dettori.

“It would have been heartbreaking not to win Group One with that filly this year as I was mugged in the Oaks.

“She gave me the wow factor again!”

However, the lucky slingshots in the next game were against Dettori, as favorite Inspiral was reluctant to leave the floor and never appeared in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

“It leaves a sour taste,” he said.

The honor went to Tom Marquand instead, who scored a shock win and brought Bayside Boy home with a 33/1 shot to capture the honor.

Queen Consort Camilla, an avid race-goer and owner of horses, made the presentation on a race day regularly attended by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Marquand’s win trumped that of his wife Hollie Doyle, who started the day with a win on brave stayer Trueshan.

She earned a suspension but that couldn’t take away the shine from Truesham, who with his third straight Long Distance Cup win became the first horse to win three times in Champions Day.

“What a horse. To be honest, I’m kind of speechless,” she said.

“He means the world to me.”

William Buick might have had to settle for second place in the Champion Stakes on Adayar, but the Norwegian-born rider had been presented with the Champion Jockey trophy at the start of the meet.

Buick received his trophy from five-time champion Willie Carson – Buick’s son Thomas seemed keener on the trophy than his father, who kissed it and rubbed the top several times.

Carson, 79, received his own recognition by being inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame later in the day when he was presented with his medal by the Queen Consort.

Ten years later, the late trainer Henry Cecil was also included when his name “Our ‘Enry'” was chanted in the ring as he battled cancer – he was due to die the following year – and he greeted Frankel one last time in the victor’s corral.

Frankel, unlike Baaeed, stuck to the script and bowed out by winning The Champion Stake for his 14th win in 14 races.


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