Baaeed maintains unbeaten record with dominant win in Juddmonte International

Baaeed dazzled on the Knavesmire to maintain his unbeaten record with a dominant display in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

The four-year-old lined up with nine victories over a mile to his credit and matched the achievement of his sire, Sea The Stars, as he landed the feature Group One when tackling 10 furlongs for the first-time in his career.

Baaeed was held up in rear in the early stages by Jim Crowley as Ryan Moore aboard High Definition set the tempo and his big-race pilot was in no rush to push the button aboard the 2-5 favourite.

Crowley continued to keep his powder dry as the field entered the straight and as defending champion Mishriff made his move and hit the front, the famous Shadwell silks remained motionless stalking his prey.

With James Doyle shoving away on Mishriff with a furlong to go in the contest, it was left to Baaeed to glide to the front and gallop into the distance as he extended his record to a perfect 10 out of 10.

Crowley told ITV Racing: "I just couldn't believe it. I've always known he was there, from day one, the very first time I rode him at Newmarket, I knew he was a bit special then.

"It is very hard to say things like that because you can always get beaten and every horse is beatable.

"But he just has everything - he is the perfect racehorse. I'm not joking, I think he could win a July Cup up to a mile and a half. He has everything. He is an easy ride and was on it today. He took a nice hold going down to the start.

"He is not ground dependent - he is just the perfect racehorse."

"It was great. I was always in control. I will never find another horse like this again.

"He is as good as the greats."

William Haggas added: "Just give him credit for what he does - don't compare him to (2012 winner) Frankel. It was a superlative performance and very satisfying to see him on the bridle a furlong and a half out. It proves he gets the trip.

"I was tense. I was happy with him. We had a little scare with a veterinary issue before the race, which I will deal with later, and those sort of things add to a bit of pressure. All my family are here and my darling wife is laid up at home - I hope this makes her feel better.

"He will go for the Champion Stakes at Ascot. He can't do both (the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Champion Stakes), and we wanted our finale in the Champion Stakes and that has always been the plan.

"It was a spectacular performance and I'm glad now that everyone will believe me. We think he is fantastic and have felt so for some time. Sure, I have been slow to get him up in trip, but he has been so dominant at a mile. Why? Because this was a perfect opportunity, he clearly stays it well.

"He has just got a fabulous engine and a fabulous temperament. And, as I have said a few times, finding me another one is going to be the tricky bit."

Deauville Legend leads home one-three for Ferguson

Deauville Legend led home a one-three for trainer James Ferguson in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

It was stablemate and eventual third El Bodegon who looked likely to claim the spoils, hitting the front two furlongs out in the hands of Hollie Doyle, but Daniel Muscutt was tracking nicely and it was simply a case of when and not if for the talented gelding.

The ultra-consistent son of Sea The Stars has progressed rapidly through the ranks this season and following silver medals at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood, added this Group Two prize to the Bahrain Trophy he landed at Newmarket's July Festival earlier in the campaign.

Unable to run in the St Leger due to the fact he is a gelding, the Melbourne Cup could be an option for the winner, with Paddy Power introducing him into the market at 14-1.

El Bodegon is also set to head to Australia, where he holds a Cox Plate entry.

Ferguson said: "One moment I was concentrating on El Bodegon as I thought Dan was in trouble and the next moment I saw him with a double handful. He gave him a beautiful ride and didn't panic.

"Credit to both horses, they've both run fantastic races and I'm delighted for both sets of owners. They should both have successful careers Down Under.

"At the moment El Bodegon is in the Cox Plate and Deauville Legend is in the Melbourne Cup, but that's not all set in stone. Quarantine is about two weeks. Hopefully they be in Australia in early October.

"Deauville Legend has improved with every race and has come out of each race so well, the team have done a great job with him, he's getting better with age."

Ferguson announced a change in his set up on Wednesday, switching yards in Newmarket.

He added: "I'm moving to Hugo Palmer's Kremlin Cottage and I'm looking forward to continuing the good work he started there. There's 96 boxes so almost double what I've got now."

Charlie Appleby has not ruled out a St Leger run for Secret State, who beat Deauville Legend in the King George V Stakes at Ascot.

He said: "It was another solid run and the winner is improving, there's no doubt about it.

"We are improving, but the winner is improving at a rate of knots. He travelled particularly well and had a nice pitch.

"We'll see (about the St Leger). We'll see how it all pans out over the coming weeks."

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