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Talking Horses: Race of undefeated Baaeed compares to Frankel | Horses race

IIt always had to happen one day, and on Saturday afternoon, the moment finally arrived. Just under 10 years after Frankel ended an unbeaten 14-race career in October 2012, Baaeed’s name has been thrown into the same sentence as Sir Henry Cecil’s great champion, following his stunning success in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

It went little further than a general acknowledgment that Baaeed was perhaps the “best since” Frankel, on a UK racecourse at least, while Angus Gold, race manager for the Shadwell operation who owns the four years, cautiously suggested to the Racing Post that he was “not going to say he’s in this class yet because Frankel is the best I’ve ever seen, although he’s headed in that direction.”

But as long as Baaeed continues to win – and based on Saturday’s evidence, there’s nothing among the older horses at least that can give him a serious run – the comparisons will continue, not least because his run throughout season long may well be near. -facsimile of Frankel’s four-year campaign.

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Friday advice from Greg Wood

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Good wood: 1.00 Bluelight Bay, 1.35 Spinaround, 2.10 Sea Silk Road, 2.45 Spanish Star, 3.20 Lysander, 3.55 Suzy’s Shoes, 4.30 Goshen.

Bath: 1.10 Gray Galleon, 1.45 Secret Potion, 2.20 Commander Straker, 2.55 Amasova, 3.30 Symbol Of Hope (nb), 4.05 Mashaaer, 4.40 Captain Kane, 5.10 Dandy Maestro.

Haydock: 1.20 Imperial Command, 1.55 Kanohi Breeze, 2.30 Flotus, 3.05 Zephina, 3.40 Al Mubhir, 4.15 Dougies Dream (nap), 4.45 Bruno’s Gold.

Worcester: 5.15 Cawthorne, 5.45 Duc De Bourbon, 6.20 Twig, 6.55 Fountains Chief, 7.30 Doncesar De Pretot, 8.03 Tango Echo Charlie, 8.35 Rock On Rita.

Catterick: 5.20 Country Charm, 5.53 Stunt Game, 6.28 Gold Ring, 7.03 Isle Of Lismore, 7.38 Twin Appeal, 8.10 Panama City, 8.43 Billian.

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Next up for the seven-race unbeaten winner is the Queen Anne Stakes, the first race at the royal meeting next month, in which Frankel put in the biggest performance of his career ten years ago. William Haggas will also be looking to move him up to a mile and a quarter later in the season, likely in the International Stakes at York in August, in which, as the coach pointed out on Saturday, Frankel was “arguably… at his more compelling” in 2012.

If Baaeed’s winning streak remains intact, then the Champion Stakes at Ascot would be the obvious place to conclude his career, just 16 months after his start at Leicester in June 2021. The dream that one day they could breed the horse perfect and unbeatable racing game has kept owners and breeders of the flat racing game for centuries, and for far longer than there have been geneticists, to explain why their quest is almost certain to end in disappointment .

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Greg Wood’s Thursday Advice

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Rasen Market: 1.00 Clear The Runway, 1.35 Paten, 2.10 Masteroftheheights, 2.40 Ask Paddington, 3.10 Avoid De Master, 3.40 Railway Muice, 4.15 Inigo.

Wolverhampton: 1.10 English Spirit, 1.45 Ghostly, 2.20 Galileo Glass (nap), 2.50 Tango Tonight, 3.20 Nationwide, 3.50 Glorious Charmer, 4.25 Martineo, 5.00 Plumette (nb).

Lingfield: 1.20 Smokey Malone, 1.55 Valsad, 2.30 Deep Sigh, 3.00 Tibbie Dunbar, 3.30 Say Grace, 4.00 Mary Of Modena, 4.35 Astonbury, 5.10 Storm Melody.

Chelmford: 4.55 Enchanted Night, 5.30 Light Up Our Stars, 6.05 Glory Nights, 6.35 Arthur’s Realm, 7.05 Spirit Mixer, 7.35 Headshot, 8.10 You’re Cool.

Sandown: 5.40 Chasseral, 6.15 Moonlit Warrior, 6.45 Brayden Star, 7.15 Akhu Najla, 7.45 Francesco Clemente, 8.20 Sharla.

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Most of the truly great horses of recent decades have suffered at least one defeat. Timeform has rated 140 or more on 13 horses since 1948, and only two – Frankel and Ribot – have gone through their entire careers unbeaten. Sea-Bird II, Brigadier Gerard, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave, Sea The Stars (Baeed’s father), Shergar and Dubai Millennium are among the 11 who didn’t. None of these great horses were diminished by defeat.

Jim Crowley rides Baaeed
Baaeed is unbeaten in seven races after a relatively late start to his career. Photography: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Brigadier Gerard was undefeated in 15 starts when Roberto beat him at York in 1972, while Sea The Stars’ only setback came on his debut as a two-year-old. But at the same time, the fact that Baaeed is still undefeated after seven trips to the track can only add to the buzz and anticipation as his four-year season unfolds. For now, he can only be one of the best of years, not decades, and his revised Timeform mark of 134 is almost a stone’s throw from Frankel (147).

The best flat horse in living memory was also notable for his extraordinary ability to produce over 140 performances time and time again, which Baaeed will surely find impossible to match in the limited time available.

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Dettori will ride Badile in the Derby

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Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Piz Badile for trainer Donnacha O’Brien in the Derby at Epsom next month when the veteran jockey hopes to win the Classic for a third time.

Piz Badile hasn’t had a race since battling to edge out Buckaroo in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in early April, after heading into the final furlong. O’Brien, whose father Aidan is an eight-time Derby winner, decided to lead Piz Badile around the Derby Trial at Leopardstown earlier this month in order to arrive in Epsom with a new horse. Despite his six-week absence, however, the son of Odysseus has retained a top ante-post betting position around 9-1 and the news that Dettori will be in the saddle next month is likely to see him shrink. more in the market.

“The horse is in good shape,” said Alan Cooper, racing director for the Niarchos family, owner of Piz Badile. “We have just under three weeks left so hopefully he will stay fit by then. I think Donnacha is very happy with his horse and the decision has been made not to go to the Derby Trial, which would have been the horse’s third trip to Leopardstown.They all need luck to run and we’ll go from there.

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in York on Thursday, leads the Derby market 2-1 with Stone Age’s Aidan O’Brien, who won the trial at Leopardstown, next in line at 3-1. O’Brien’s bid for a ninth Derby is likely to be bolstered by the changing of the guard (8-1), the United Nations (14-1) and Star Of India (16-1), while Walk Of Stars’ Charlie Appleby, who was second to United in the Lingfield Derby Trial, is a 16-1 chance.

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A relatively late start to his racing career also meant the Haggas colt never had a chance to get a classic or juvenile group win on his resume. These are just a few of the reasons why any mention of Frankel sets the bar high beyond Baaeed. None of us, after all, can reasonably expect to see two horses of Frankel’s quality in a single lifetime.

But you can always hope, as generations of owners, breeders and fanciers have done for centuries. As long as Baaeed has that air of “invincibility,” the comparisons will keep coming.