Exciting Baaeed Given Queen Elizabeth II Target


The William Haggas trained Baaeed truly set the mile division alight at Glorious Goodwood when taking the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes with ease and is now being targeted at Group One glory on British Champions Day.

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

Last 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.

This is a similar winning margin that multiple Group One winner St Mark's Basilica gave to El Drama in the Coral Eclipse and with that in mind, Baeed is now set for his first taste in the big time next time out.

Haggas is looking to send him to Ascot over a mile in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, where he could take on the likes of Poetic Flare, Alcohol Free, Snow Lantern and Palace Pier.

(Credit ATR) Haggas said: “He’ll be dining at the top table from now on, and I think we’ll stick at a mile.

“He’s earned a QEII entry, and it’s encouraging that he showed (in the Thoroughbred Stakes) at Goodwood that he could handle some give in the ground, because I wasn’t sure that he would.

“He keeps doing it, and people say he keeps running good times. He’s just a good horse, I think – and at the moment everything is going his way. He’s sound, he’s healthy – and he’s fast.”