Trainer William Haggas has nominated three possible routes to retirement for the amazing Baaeed, including making it clear for the first time that the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be considered for the exceptional Juddmonte International hero. Having proved unbeatable over a mile, the world’s best Thoroughbred outshone his exploits over that trip on his first attempt at an extended 1m2f, crushing 2021 winner Mishriff by six and a half lengths.

He will be given an official rating of 135 (up from 128) by the BHA (British Horseracing Association), a figure bettered only by Frankel (140) and Baaeed’s sire, Sea The Stars (136), since the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings were introduced in 2004. When speaking in the winner’s enclosure, Haggas and owner Sheikha Hissa both pointed towards a farewell outing in the Champion Stakes on 15 October.

Now, however, the Arc, for which he would need to be supplemented, and Leopardstown’s Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes have been added to the melting pot, with Haggas stressing the owner would ultimately determine an autumn programme for Shadwell’s future stallion.

Haggas explained: “Everything is possible at the moment, even the Arc. I have to talk to Sheikha Hissa, but we’re going to enjoy the moment and don’t need to make any decisions yet. “There are three options: it’s either Champion Stakes only; the Irish Champion and then the Champion Stakes, or the Arc de Triomphe.

“If Sheikha Hissa wants him to have two races, the middle option would be the one. If Sheikha Hissa is happy to go the Champion only, then that would be the route. If she would like to go for the Arc, that would be the one and the rest would not be in the equation. “It’s just a case of how much I let him off.

I would let him off a bit if we were going straight to the Champion Stakes, but if we were going elsewhere I don’t need to let him off too much. “We had quite a lot of people saying we shouldn’t even be going over 1m2f. They didn’t see why we would do that when he was already so good over a mile.

He actually improved for the extra distance, and I didn’t see anything at York that suggested a 1m4f would not be within his reach. “What the Juddmonte International did was confirm what we have always thought about him. He was imperious. That pleased me because I’m very keen for him to get the recognition he deserves.

I think he is exceptional.” Prior to Haggas’ comments, Shadwell’s racing manager, Angus Gold, had said: “Personally, I would very much doubt the Irish Champion is a possibility; he is entered but when I spoke to Sheikha Hissa about the possibility of the Arc, she wanted to stick with William’s original plan, the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

“We’ll give it time, let the dust settle and there’s nice conversations to be had, but at the moment I don’t see the Irish Champion coming into the equation, and at the moment there is no temptation for the Arc, unless Sheikha Hissa and the family change their mind.”