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Baaeed stays unbeaten in pulsating QEII victory

PA Sport 3:40pm, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Jockey Jim Crowley celebrates with Baaeed after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) during the Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse (Steven Paston/PA) Baaeed maintained his unbeaten record as he lowered the colours of Palace Pier in a top-class renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. The William Haggas-trained colt only made his racecourse debut in June – but has a perfect record of six after winning a second successive Group One following his victory in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.

Eshaada denies Albaflora at Ascot

PA Sport 3:02pm, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Eshaada and Albaflora battle it out (Steven Paston/PA) Eshaada just edged out Albaflora in a thrilling finish to the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot. The two protagonists pulled away from Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on market leader Snowfall, who was disappointing in third.

Creative Force powers to Champions Sprint success

PA Sport 2:33pm, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Creative Force and William Buick take sprint honours at Ascot (Steven Paston/PA) Creative Force completed his progression from handicaps to the top level by taking the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in the hands of William Buick. Rated just 89 in April, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt has gone up 25lb in the ratings and picked good prizes such as the Group Three Jersey Strakes at the Royal meeting.

Trueshan brilliant in Long Distance Cup repeat

PA Sport 2:00pm, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Trueshan was brilliant at Ascot (Steven Paston/PA) Trueshan justified strong market support to record back-to-back victories in a rough race for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Winner of the Prix du Cadran just two weeks ago, Alan King’s five-year-old repeated last year’s success on home soil, with veteran stayer Stradivarius third.

Marco Ghiani thrilled to be officially crowned champion apprentice

PA Sport 1:00pm, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Lester Piggott hands over the apprentice trophy to Marco Ghiani (Steven Paston/PA) Marco Ghiani was all smiles as he was awarded the 2021 champion apprentice title on the day the Flat season was formally brought to a close at Ascot. The Newmarket-based rider has accumulated 51 winners throughout his title campaign, which began on May 1 and included any Flat winners ridden on the turf or all-weather in Britain.

Stars aligned for truly unforgettable day at Ascot

PA Sport 4:30am, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Mishriff is favourite for the Qipco Champion Stakes (Nigel French/PA) It would not be hyperbole to suggest Saturday’s Qipco Champions Day at Ascot is one of the very best days of British racing in recent times. Layer upon layer of quality and intrigue, with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes II face-off between established star Palace Pier and newcomer Baaeed provoking plenty of discussion, while Mishriff has the chance to avenge his King George defeat by Derby hero Adayar as the pair clash over the shorter 10-furlong trip this time.

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