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Baaeed at Shadwell Convent Stud, fee TBD

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Baaid will be held at Shadwell’s Nunnery Stud in Norfolk, alongside Mohaather , Taskleet and Eqtidaar .

The 4 year old son of Sea the stars who retired from racing at Ascot last Saturday where he suffered the only loss of his 11-race career, will return to his birthplace to begin his life as a stud.

Of course, the biggest question of all, which fee the six-time Group 1 winner will command, remains unanswered as that figure was not revealed in the October 20 announcement.

Making the announcement, Baaeed owner Sheikha Hissa said: “On behalf of my family, I am delighted to confirm that Baaeed has now retired to stand at Shadwell’s Nunnery Stud for the 2023 season, where he is born in 2018. We are all so proud of what Baaeed has accomplished and consider ourselves very lucky to have shared his journey with him.

“I would like to thank everyone at William’s (Haggas) for managing his career so expertly and the teams at Shadwell and Derrinstown for raising him to the champion that he is.

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“His royal pedigree and exceptional conformation will put him in an excellent position at stud and hopefully attract the best breeders from around the world, so together we can give Baaeed every chance to prove he is such a sire. exceptional that he was a racehorse.”

Baaeed et Jim Crowley saluent la foule après le Juddmone International<br /> York 17.8.22 Photo: Edward Whitaker ;” title=”Baaeed and Jim Crowley wave to the crowd after the Juddmone International<br /> York 17.8.22 Photo: Edward Whitaker”/><figcaption><small>Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post</small></p>
<p>Jim Crowley waves to the crowd after Baaeed win at Juddmone International</p>
<p>Baaeed was bred by Sheikha Hissa’s late father, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and is one of two Group 1 winners produced so far by the <span class=kingmambo Agharid mare; The other, Hukum is a full brother to Baaeed and won the Dahlbury Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom in June.

The crossing of Sea The Stars with Kingmambo mares is excellent with 40% winners of stakes per runners.

Aghareed is a daughter of Lahudood, by Singspiel.

Baaeed’s fifth dam is the Shadwell Foundation mare, Height of Fashion, purchased by Sheikh Hamdan from Queen Elizabeth II. The Bustino daughter gave birth to eight black-type performers led by Group 1 winners and sires Nashwan and Nayef, and Group 2 winners and sires Unfuwain. She is also the ancestor of many Shadwell stars, including the Ghanaati heroine of One Thousand Guineas (G1) and Coronation Stakes (G1).

This connection to Shadwell’s past and to Sheikh Hamdan made Baaeed’s emergence after the death of his herder all the more poignant on a human scale. On a horse, it served as a reminder of the strength and power of Shadwell’s bloodlines, which breeders will now have the opportunity to harness through one of the top-rated racehorses of the past decade.

Stephen Collins, Shadwell’s Head of European Blood Stocks, said: “Shadwell is honored to welcome Baaeed, the world’s highest rated turf horse, to its stud portfolio. Baaeed has all the qualities breeders need to become a successful stallion. is a magnificent racehorse with a superb conformation coupled with a wonderful temperament.

“His exemplary pedigree was developed and nurtured by the late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his family for over 40 years and this renowned lineage continues to provide so many great racehorses and racing memories for us all.

“I have no doubt that Baaeed will be extremely popular at stud, and we look forward to his arrival in a few weeks.”

When Baaeed made his winning debut for Leicester in June last year, there was promise of talent but few hints of the glittering career to come. He quickly rose through the ranks, winning the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes on his third start and the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (G3) followed that.

Passing all the exams set for him by trainer Haggas, he won the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) of the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF (G1T) winner Order of Australia then lowered the colors of Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1).

Baaeed (Jim Crowley) remporte les Lockinge Stakes<br /> Newbury 14.5.22 Photo: Edward Whitaker ;” title=”Baaeed (Jim Crowley) wins the Lockinge Stakes<br /> Newbury 14.5.22 Photo: Edward Whitaker”/><figcaption><small>Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post</small></p>
<p>Baaeed wins the Lockinge Staked at Newbury Racecourse</p>
<p>Back on the track at 4, he went on to win four Group 1 triumphs, culminating in victory at the Juddmonte International (G1) in York on his first attempt at over a mile.</p>
<p>Following this resounding success on the Knavesmire, the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) were considered as possible final races, before the connections multiplied for the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot, where his attempt to retire unbeaten came unstuck behind <span class=Bay Bridge .

Breeders and the blood industry as a whole will be looking forward to the release of his stud fees in the coming weeks.