Three Performances Of The Weekend From Champions Day


We start with the first race on the card last Saturday with Trueshan firmly putting himself as the best stayer in the division landing the Group Two Long Distance Cup for back to back seasons.

The Alan King trained gelding has had a superb season which has seen him land his first Group One event in the Goodwod Cup and he then backed that up at Longchamp in the Prix du Cadran.

Just two weeks later he was sent back to the Berkshire track and having been backed into evs favourite he was a ready winner of the Group Two event.

With him staying in training next year it looks as though he will be looking to take out all the major staying events across the term.


Next up was arguably the performance from Saturday's action with the young pretender Baaeed making it a perfect six from six to land the Group One QEII and dethrone Palace Pier from being the best miler of the season.

The highly rated three year old only started his racecourse career at the start of June and has since gone on to win all four of his events in fine style, winning more impressively each time.

Having landed a decent Maiden at Leicester on his debut, Haggas sent him into a Novices event next time out at Newmarket and went on to bolt up by nearly eight lengths.

Firmly putting himself as a horse to follow, he improved once more to land the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes on the July Course, seeing off smart stars Maximal and One Ruler with ease.

Last time out at Glorious Goodwood he took on his toughest field yet in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, but once again he took it in his stride and saw off El Drama by close to seven lengths.

All set for a step up to Group One company he went on to make it a perfect 5/5, landing the Prix du Moulin on his first trip to France.

Although the form of that race has not worked out he improved again on Saturday to see off a wealth of talent in the mile division, to now become the horse to beat in that sphere.

What a horse William Haggas has on his hands.


Finally, the race of the weekend was the Group One British Champion Stakes with the contest having a long line of superb horses landing the race over the years.

This year all the hype was about Mishriff and Derby winner Adayar, but it was the French raider Sealiway who spoiled the party to land a shock win at odds of 12/1.

This term he made his seasonal return when second over a mile at Longchamp and looked to back that up next time out over the same C&D but flopped in the French 2000 Guineas behind St Mark's Basilica.

Up in trip, he was seen in the French Derby at Chantilly, he was a much better second behind the same horse for Ballydoyle.

Stepping up again for his first try at 1m4f last time out in the Arc he was a good fifth behind some smart horses and having dropped to 1m2f for the Ascot feature he took it in his stride to see off the challenge of Dubai Honour.