Baaeed On Track For Queen Anne After Lockinge Rout

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


Superstar miler Baaeed for William Haggas has been said to come out of his Group One win in the Lockinge exceptionally well and now all roads lead to Royal Ascot with the Queen Anne Stakes on his agenda.

The highly rated four year old only started his racecourse career at the start of June last year and has since gone on to win all seven 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.

Next 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.

Baaeed rounded off the season at Ascot on Champions Day when taking on the best miler in Europe Palace Pier and in a fight to the finish, the younger horse prevailed.

Back this season, he made his seasonal debut on Saturday in the Group One Lockinge and blitzed a good field by close to four lengths and now he is looking for more black type glory at Royal Ascot.

(Credit ATR) “He seems fine, he’s very fresh. He was certainly a bit fresh this morning so everything is great,” said Haggas.

“You always have a race, there’s no such thing as an easy Group One, but he looked to win quite nicely, so it’s onwards and upwards. I just hope we can keep him fit and well, that’s the most important thing now.

“I hadn’t actually thought about the Queen Anne being the first race of the meeting, but it might help with getting it out of the way early (to calm the nerves) – mind, it will be a long week if that doesn’t go right!”