William Haggas is tuning up his two big guns for Champions Day, with Addeybb set to run at Goodwood on Wednesday should conditions allow.
The current Champion Stakes title holder has not been seen since running with credit behind St Mark’s Basilica in the Eclipse in July, finishing in front of subsequent Juddmonte International winner Mishriff.
While he was entered at Ayr and Newbury on Saturday, Haggas felt the ground would be too quick, and with the prospect of rain this weekend and the Foundation Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday available, he has decided to wait.
He will be joined at Ascot next month by the unbeaten Baaeed, who is set to have a mouthwatering clash with Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“The ground wasn’t soft enough for Addeybb this weekend but he needs a run, so we’ve put him in at Goodwood on Wednesday,” said Haggas.
“He’ll almost nearly have to run there, but I didn’t want to flog him up to Ayr when the forecast I saw said the rain, which they thought was coming on Friday, has dissipated now.
“It’s a shame but Goodwood will be fine, hopefully. They are due some rain at the weekend and I’m hoping they get plenty.”
Baaeed handled the step up to Group Once company when winning the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp, beating the Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Order Of Australia to stretch his winning run to five.
“Baaeed is in good shape and aiming for the QEII,” said Haggas.
“We’re planning to run at Ascot, but if it’s bottomless we may have to think again.
“He’s been fine since the race and the I think that race will have done him good and I’m happy with him.”
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Frankie Dettori is relishing the prospect of a clash between Baaeed and Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day.
The popular Italian has been a near ever present in the saddle during Palace Pier’s career to date, missing just one of the Kingman colt’s 10 starts, and they have met with defeat only once – finishing third in testing conditions for last year’s QEII.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge is four from four so far this season, taking his Group One tally to five with triumphs in the Lockinge at Newbury, the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
But he looks set to face one of the toughest tests of his career if returning to Berkshire next month, with the William Haggas-trained Baaeed emerging as a serious rival after maintaining his unbeaten record in Sunday’s Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
“Baaeed looked very impressive in the Moulin,” Dettori said on Monday.
“The races are there. If you’ve got the horses you go for the same races. I’m sure he will turn up.
“They will all be there. There is nowhere to hide this time of year. You have to take the gloves off and go for it.
“As for Palace Pier, I’m not going to talk negative about him. He’s beaten what’s been put in front of him. Everyone wants to take his title away – and at the moment they have failed.
“Let’s hope it carries on that way.”
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Baaeed continued his meteoric rise as he stayed unbeaten with a decisive victory on his Group One debut in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.
William Haggas’ colt took the measure of top-level opposition at his first attempt, extending his winning sequence to five in a career which only began in a Leicester maiden in June.
Jim Crowley had Shadwell’s son of Sea The Stars in touch in a field of six, as outsider Novemba still led by five lengths into the straight – having been rushed to the front, after missing the break.
Baaeed was moving well, however, and confirmed he had matters in hand, taking over two furlongs out and proving too strong in the finish to win by a length and a quarter as the 4-11 favourite from Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup winner Order Of Australia.
A delighted Haggas was winning this race for the second time, after Aqlaam struck in the same colours in 2009.
The Newmarket trainer was not in attendance, but having watched the race on television, he sensed that Baaeed was perhaps a little fresh for his first start in more than five weeks.
He said: “It was a funny, complicated race for him because he got into a nice position and then the German horse (Novemba) came round and set him alight.
“He was a bit wide. He and (eventual fourth) Snow Lantern were both a bit free in third and fourth.
“But once he settled down, I liked the way he did it.
“He actually raced, for me, a bit fresh. He just looked pleased to be out, so that will have done him a lot of good.
“He’s won, which is the most important thing, and we’re delighted. We’ll celebrate.
Baaeed was very busy with four mid-summer runs and Haggas agreed it is remarkable how far the three-year-old has come in such a short space of time.
He said: “Absolutely – (but) he’s had a while since his last run.
“He hasn’t run for five weeks. I think he thought his season was over!
“He’d run quite a few times before that. But he just looked a bit pleased to be out. He was enthusiastic to post, and he raced more keenly than he has so far this year.
“But he’ll be fine. He’s a charming horse, and a good one – a fast one, too.”
Bookmakers Coral were among those impressed again by Baaeed, promoting him ahead of Palace Pier to be clear favourite at 7-4 (from 11-4) for next month’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Haggas confirmed that will be his end-of-season target, as long as he is showing the right signs on his return from France.
“If he runs again (this season), that’ll be the race he’ll run in,” he said.
“But we’ll see about that, we’ll see how he is.”
Crowley reported that Baaeed did run more freely than he has in the past, but he was impressed nonetheless by how he settled matters when asked.
“Obviously he’s been winning races very easily back home,” he told Sky Sports Racing.
“This was his first step up to Group One company, fifth run of his life – and for me, he’s still learning.
“I thought he did very well, because the pacemaker missed it, and then chased him up – and I didn’t have any cover.
“He relaxed OK, and he picked up well. When he hit the front, he was just idling a little bit – and he was pricking his ears in front.
“It was a good performance. I hope he can keep progressing – I think he will do.”
Baaeed’s victories to date have come on ground ranging from just good to firm to this good to soft, but Crowley is confident he will be adaptable if necessary on a more testing surface.
“He stays the mile very, very well,” he said.
“He’s not too ground dependent – it’s beautiful ground out there today, and he went very well on it.
“He’s got a fantastic mind. He’s very laid-back.
“He was a little bit fresh today. It’s the first time he’s been abroad, and he took it all in his stride.
“Walking round the paddock, he was cool as a cucumber.”
Baaeed appears likely to stick to a mile for the foreseeable future, but as with underfoot conditions, Crowley is confident a move up in trip would be feasible.
He added: “As for further – yes, I’m sure he’ll stay.
“Whether connections will want to go further with him at the moment, when he’s winning Group Ones, we’ll have to wait and see.
“I wouldn’t worry (about soft ground). He ran on good to soft before – at Goodwood (in the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes) it was on the slower side.
“Because he stays the mile very well, I think if it came up soft over a mile, I wouldn’t be too concerned.”
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Connections of Baaeed are taking nothing for granted ahead of the unbeaten colt’s eagerly-anticipated graduation to the highest level in Sunday’s Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.
The William Haggas-trained three-year-old did not make his racecourse debut until early June – but less than three months later he is ranked as one of the most exciting horses in Europe.
Since scoring on his introduction at Leicester, Baaeed has treated his rivals with contempt on a couple of occasions at Newmarket before powering clear in the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The time has come for the son of Sea The Stars to test his powers in Group One company – and with Jim Bolger deciding against declaring his 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Poetic Flare, Baaeed will be a red-hot favourite to make it five from five.
Angus Gold, racing manager for owners Shadwell Estate, said: “He’s going up another couple of grades and there’s no point jumping the gun – let’s see if he’s up to it.
“It’s a shame Jim Bolger’s doesn’t run. Everyone wants to see the good horses run in these races and I’d imagine he’s saving him for the Irish Champion Stakes, which is understandable.
“We’re taking on a very good filly (Snow Lantern) who is obviously a Group One winner already and very highly thought of.
“It’s going to be a big test for him and we’ll see if he can live up to the hype now.”
With Baaeed having proved his versatility ground-wise, there are no real concerns regarding underfoot conditions in Paris.
“I’m told it’s going to be nearly good ground. They might get a little bit of rain, but not too much,” Gold added.
“He’s won on good to soft, so I don’t think the ground will worry him unless they get a downpour and it goes heavy or something.”
Baaeed is joined on the trip across the Channel by Richard Hannon’s Snow Lantern. The daughter of Frankel is a Group One winner already, with a top-level triumph in the Falmouth Stakes sandwiched by creditable placed efforts in the Coronation and the Sussex.
Aidan O’Brien saddles both Order of Australia and Lope Y Fernandez, with Andre Fabre’s Victor Ludorum and Peter Schiergen’s German filly Novemba completing the six-strong field.
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Richard Hannon believes he has “nothing to lose” by allowing his star filly Snow Lantern to take on the unbeaten Baaeed the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
The William Haggas-trained Baaeed is a hot favourite to successfully graduate to Group One level this weekend, having been hugely impressive in winning each of his four starts to date.
With Jim Bolger deciding against declaring his 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Poetic Flare, who instead looks set to head to next weekend’s Irish Champion Stakes, Snow Lantern could prove to be Baaeed’s biggest threat.
The daughter of Frankel has already proven herself in Group One company, with a top-level triumph in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket sandwiched by creditable placed efforts in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Hannon said: “Hopefully this race will show her in a better light – I think she could have been closer at Goodwood.
“It’s a very good race and we’ll find out where we stand. We can always go back to fillies only company in the Sun Chariot after this.
“You can’t be frightened of one horse. Baaeed has looked very good and I’m sure he’ll take a lot of beating.
“He travels very well in his races and in some of his races he’s looked unbeatable.
“I’m sure it will be a good race and I’m looking forward to it – we have nothing to lose.”
Aidan O’Brien saddles both Order of Australia and Lope Y Fernandez, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore and Ioritz Mendizabal respectively.
Andre Fabre’s Victor Ludorum and Peter Schiergen’s German filly Novemba complete the six-strong field.
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Baaeed is to get the chance to test his mettle at the highest level in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp on September 5.
William Haggas’ three-year-old was unraced at two but has quickly made up for lost time.
He won on debut at Leicester in early June, followed up at Newmarket two weeks later before returning to HQ for a Listed race a fortnight after that.
Baaeed faced his stiffest test to date at Goodwood in a Group Three but oozed class, winning by six and a half lengths without coming off the bridle and while he could have gone back to Goodwood for the Celebration Mile, connections have decided he has earned a crack at the best.
“At the moment we are probably going to the Prix du Moulin, that was the latest from the last conversation I had with Sheikha Hissa and William Haggas,” said Shadwell’s racing manager Angus Gold.
“So the number one plan is to go to the Moulin if all is well.
“Obviously before the horse had run it would have been a silly thing to say this is what he would do, but he was a well-bred horse going into it. It just took him a bit of time to come to himself.
“He won well at Leicester and if you’d said to me then he would be racing in a Group One in four races then yes, of course that would be a surprise, but we always thought he was a horse with huge potential.”
Given Baaeed is a brother to Hukum, who ran in a St Leger and is at his best over a mile and a half, Gold did admit to expecting Baaeed to be at his best over further than a mile.
He said: “What probably has surprised me is the speed he’s shown – maybe it’s just class. Before he’d ever ran I’d have thought he was probably going to be a mile-and-a-quarter to mile-and-a-half horse, so to see him doing all this over a mile is hugely encouraging. I guess that just shows class.
“It’s a not problem to have but he’s showing too much speed, if that makes sense.
“He’s a very exciting horse so we’ll see if he can take the next step up.”
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The Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp remains the most likely next objective for the hugely exciting Baaeed.
In the space of less than two months, the son of Sea The Stars has gone from being an unraced colt to a champion elect – winning at Leicester and twice at Newmarket, before dominating his rivals in the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood last week.
A step up to Group One level beckons – and with trainer William Haggas of the opinion that the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday week is likely to come too soon, the Moulin early next month is his favoured option.
Speaking on Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast, the Newmarket trainer said: “We were very pleased with him (at Goodwood) – and he proved he’s worth a shot at a better race, I think.
“There’s the Jacques le Marois, which I think is too quick, so it’s the Moulin on September 5 or the back-up is the Celebration Mile (at Goodwood on August 28), but I really want to go for a Group One race with him now.
“We have to go to France, and that’s complicated in its own way. If all goes well in Paris, then it’s the QEII (at Ascot) or nothing – if it’s bottomless at Ascot he probably won’t go.
“I’m as excited as you to have a horse of this calibre, but I much prefer for him to do the talking rather than me.
“He’s obviously a talented horse, because every time I throw him in a better race he does better.”
Haggas also provided an update on Al Aasy, who has returned to training after undergoing a gelding operation.
Narrowly beaten on his last two starts in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, the four-year-old could be prepared for an international campaign.
“Apparently he’s fine. He’s actually back in today,” Haggas added.
“He’s been at Shadwell, recovering from his castration, and he’s been swimming. I feel if he can learn to swim, which apparently he’s very proficient at, then if he does go to Dubai next March they have a 100-metre swimming pool in the quarantine centre he can use.
“He would be able to swim there rather than go on the track, which is quite firm.
“Things have got to be discussed, (but) he might go with Addeybb to Sydney to run in the Tancred Stakes (in April) – he could be quite useful in that sort of race.”
Another Shadwell-owned star based at the Haggas yard is Mohaafeth.
The Frankel colt met with defeat for the first time this season in last month’s Sky Bet York Stakes, but his trainer remains keen on a return to the Knavesmire for the Juddmonte International.
He said: “It was a complete mess at York, I’m afraid – my mistake.
“The pace was too slow, and he was too far behind. My gut feeling is to put a line through it, and have a stab at the Juddmonte.”
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Rising star Baaeed may take on title-holder The Revenant and Palace Pier among a stellar list of established top-class performers in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.
William Haggas’ unbeaten Shadwell Estate colt Baaeed is one of 31 entries – including Andrew Balding’s three-time Group One heroine Alcohol Free, Francois-Henri Graffard’s The Revenant and John and Thady Gosden’s Palace Pier, whose only defeat to date came in this race last year.
The Group One QEII is worth more than £1million, as part of Ascot’s showpiece card on October 16.
It is headlined by the Champion Stakes itself and also features the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes – two more top-level races – and the Group Two Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
Aidan O’Brien’s Classic winners Love, Mother Earth, Empress Josephine and St Mark’s Basilica – the highest-rated horse in the world – are also joined in the QEII reckoning by Nassau Stakes heroine Lady Bowthorpe and Snow Lantern, winner of Newmarket’s Falmouth Stakes.
Jim Bolger’s 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Poetic Flare is another contender.
Baaeed, also a three-year-old, made his debut only in June but has since won four times up to Group Three level.
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.”
Palace Pier is a four-time Group One winner, and his joint trainer John Gosden said: “He had a blood disorder right after the Queen Anne and had to miss the Sussex Stakes – but all being well he’ll be in the Jacques le Marois at Deauville, and then we’ll take it forward from there.
“The QEII is a definite possibility again. But he’s also entered for the Champion Stakes, and it would be interesting to see him at a mile and a quarter.
“It’s still a long way off, so we’ll see.”
Graffard said of The Revenant: “The QEII is his main goal. We know he acts really well on soft ground, and last year that was an advantage to him.
“He is back in training after a summer break and is probably more of an autumn horse than a spring horse.”
O’Brien, who last won the QEII in 2016 with another brilliant filly Minding, said of Tuesday’s Group One Prix Rothschild winner Mother Earth: “(This) will be the race we will be looking at for her.
“I think she has met Alcohol Free three times, and she has beaten her twice in the good ground, with the other filly winning at Ascot in the soft ground.”
Saeed bin Suroor has entered the improving Real World in both the QEII and Champion Stakes.
He said: “Real World could well run on Champions Day.
“He’s nice and he’s ready for a Group One, but first he’s going to run in the Rose of Lancaster at Haydock. He’s a big, strong horse – and he’s looked good this year.”
The British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes has attracted 40 entries – including David Menuisier’s 2020 winner Wonderful Tonight, on course this year for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at the start of October and another also in the Champion Stakes, following two Group Two successes this summer.
Her Sussex-based trainer said: “It was an amazing day last year when Wonderful Tonight won the Fillies & Mares.
“Ascot had been my nemesis until then – I’d never had a winner there. It was a relief too, because she had run over a mile and six in a Group One in France only two weeks earlier.
“She’s entered again, and she’s also in the Qipco Champion Stakes, but I’m not saying she’ll definitely run.
“We have to see what happens at Longchamp first, but if she went to Ascot and the ground was heavy we might be tempted by the Champion Stakes. Why not – the prize-money is more than twice as much.”
Dermot Weld has entered both his Breeders’ Cup Turf heroine Tarnawa – who returns to action at Leopardstown on Thursday – and dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song.
He said of Tarnawa: “She’s being aimed at the Arc, but I’ve made provisional entries for her in the Fillies & Mares and the Champion Stakes – and we’ll see what happens.”
O’Brien’s eight entries include Joan of Arc, Love and Snowfall.
Alcohol Free is an eyecatching possible, back down in trip, for the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes – in which last year’s winner Glen Shiel and Dragon Symbol, both for Archie Watson, are more predictable contenders alongside Ed Walker’s July Cup winner Starman.
Balding said of Alcohol Free: “Qipco British Champions Day is very much on the agenda, and we know the ground won’t be a problem to her there.
“I’m keeping all the options open, so I’ve entered her in the Champions Sprint as well as the QEII, on the basis that the mile might take a bit of getting at that time of year.
“She won the Cheveley Park Stakes last year, and I think she’d travel well enough for six still. She’s got that class too.”
Last year’s Long Distance Cup and subsequent Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan is one of 48 entries this time – including the Gosdens’ great stayer Stradivarius and Tony Mullins’ Princess Zoe.
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Baaeed continued his seemingly relentless march to the top with another brilliant victory in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.
The William Haggas-trained colt has made giant strides since making a winning debut at Leicester in early June, following up with a wide-margin novice win at Newmarket before successfully stepping up to Listed class in the Henry Cecil Stakes at the July meeting.
In theory this Group Three contest represented another hike in grade, but the son of Sea The Stars ultimately justified prohibitive odds in devastating style.
Jim Crowley was content to bide his time aboard the 2-5 favourite – and just had to give him a tap down the shoulder early in the straight to encourage him to close the gap on those in front of him.
But he soon came back on the bridle and after ranging alongside El Drama a furlong out, he scooted clear under to prevail by six and a half lengths without being fully extended.
A delighted Haggas said: “It was very impressive, I was thrilled because I wasn’t sure about the ground, but every time he runs he just keeps doing that, it’s fantastic.
“What he (Crowley) said was that he missed a loose shoe that came flying, that would have been interesting.
“Jim was very happy, we’re all soaking it up and enjoying it.
“I didn’t (see him as a miler) to start with, but I said to Jim and Angus (Gold) there, I can’t see any point in going up in trip from here at the moment. We’ll keep him at a mile, I don’t know where we’ll go.
“The three races he’s in are the Jacques le Marois, the Celebration Mile and the Moulin at Longchamp.
“I don’t suppose he can do all three, the Jacques le Marois might be a bit quick, it’s the 15th (of August) so it’s not very long.
“What they do at home is really not that relevant, it’s what they do on the racecourse.
“A lot of cricketers are good in the nets, but when they get out in the middle it’s a different story.
“He’s very good in the middle so we’ll just enjoy that and forget about him at home.”
Asked if he had been tempted to run in the Sussex Stakes, Haggas said: “Yes, but he wasn’t in it because when the Sussex Stakes closed he hadn’t run. Not many put an unraced horse in a Group One like that. We toyed with the idea of supplementing and I guess if this race hadn’t been here we’d have liked it more.
“But when the unscheduled rain came on Monday night I was very glad we hadn’t supplemented. I’m very happy to run him in a top-class race next time.”
Gold, long-standing racing manager for the late Sheikh Hamdan and his Shadwell operation, said: “I couldn’t see an awful lot. It looked like he got there very quickly when Jim asked him. He has a fantastic attitude and you’ve got to think he is a Group One horse.
“We all keep saying do we need to go up to 10 furlongs? Until he proves us wrong or gets caught out over a mile, what’s the point? He is very much a mile-and-a-half horse (on pedigree), but you just have to stand behind this horse and look at his quarters to see where his speed comes from. We are lucky to have him.
“Should we go Jacques le Marois? You’d love to end up at Ascot for the QEII, unless it is real bad ground. I have not asked William yet. There is not much else after the Marois until Ascot, so what do we do? Unless somebody says, ‘let’s try a mile and a quarter and go the Juddmonte’. But as I say I just can’t see the point at the moment.
“Nice problem to have – too much speed!”
Crowley said: “Baaeed has an engine on him, hasn’t he?
“I was quite happy to sit where I was. I had a low draw, but I didn’t want to go up the inside and complicate it at Goodwood. I knew I had plenty of horse. He got into a nice rhythm and when I pulled him out, he was always going nicely.
“We had a few concerns about the good to soft ground as he has not gone on it before, but as you could see it was no problem.
“He is a proper horse. You would like to think that he is a Group One horse, but he’s got to go and do it.
“I don’t see any reason to step him up in trip at the moment. From a stallion’s point of view, you’d love him to win Groups One races over a mile, but I am sure at some stage he will go up in trip.”
Of the placed horses, Roger Varian said of El Drama: “It was a solid effort but we ran into one today. He’s getting better with every race, but the winner looks like a Group One horse.”
Sir Mark Todd added of third home Tasman Bay: “The aim was to give him a warm up today to put the final touches on him for France (Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, Deauville) in two weeks.
“To be now Group-placed over a mile is just great, we tried to stretch the winner but have been blown away.”
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Baaeed makes the transition from Listed to Group Three level in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.
The William Haggas-trained colt is three from three so far, supplementing maiden and novice wins with a cosy four-length victory in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket this month.
Those three wins have all come over a mile – which Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Shadwell Estates, admits is something of a surprise, given he is a full brother to 14-furlong winner Hukum, and he envisages a stiffer trip being required in due course.
He is eager to see how Baaeed fares moved up in company on the Sussex Downs, just over three weeks after his Listed strike.
He said: “It’s a step up and it’s all happened quite quickly for him. He’s had three relatively quick runs – but from what William and his team can see at home, he seems in good shape. He seems to have a good mind on him – he takes it well.
“The interesting thing with this horse is, from his pedigree, you would think he wanted further and yet he’s got the class to be winning so far – including a decent race last time – over a mile.
“One day, I’m imagining we will be wanting to a go a mile and a quarter with him – but equally at the same time, you couldn’t say the way he won at Newmarket last time he necessarily needed a jump up in trip just yet.”
The only concern for Baaeed would be if the Goodwood ground were to turn testing again.
Gold added: “There’s talk of rain on Thursday night, and I think if it was heavy rain and it went back to what it was on Tuesday, there’s every chance he wouldn’t be there. If it’s just on the easy side of good, I can’t see that being too much of a problem.
“When they’ve done all their winning on faster ground, until you’ve seen them go on slower you don’t know. If it got really bad, he probably wouldn’t (run).”
Baaeed is one of eight contenders – with Roger Varian’s Dee Stakes winner El Drama and Free Handicap hero Tactical his closest rivals on the official ratings, while Aidan O’Brien’s Khartoum and Sir Mark Todd’s Tasman Bay, last seen when second in the King Edward VII Stakes, are other leading hopes.
Euchen Glen leads the way in the other Group Three on the card, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes.
The eight-year-old is on a career-high mark of 116 after a sterling campaign which has seen him win the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes and the Listed Gala Stakes, as well as finishing a close-up fifth in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot.
His trainer Jim Goldie was pleased to see rain at Goodwood earlier in the week, with any cut in the ground a positive for his 12-time winner.
He said: “He’s in good form, and the bit of rain won’t have harmed his chances. It’ll probably be drying out a bit by Friday, but I’d imagine it’ll still be good. It shouldn’t be fast ground, which might be a concern for us.
“He seems great. We’re happy with him, and he should run well – especially if the ground is on the soft side, I would think he’ll take a bit of beating, but it will dry out.”
Euchen Glen must shoulder a 3lb penalty for his Brigadier Gerard win, which puts him at a distinct disadvantage with Aidan O’Brien’s Mogul – a dual Group One winner last year, who drops in company and boasts a rating of 117.
Goldie nonetheless hopes his charge can use his recent run of fine form to his advantage against the Ballydoyle raider, who was last seen finishing last of six in the Coronation Cup.
He added: “He’s a good horse – we have to give him weight, but we’re giving him weight because we’ve been winning Group Threes, and he hasn’t. He’s got to turn up in the form he was before. My job is to get (Euchen Glen) there as well as we can, and let the rest worry about us.
“He’s proved he handles the track – he ran well in the two-miler last year. A mile and a half will suit him – if they go an honest pace, we’ll be there or thereabouts.
“I’m looking forward to it. Goodwood is a great festival, and usually the best horses turn up there.”
Fox Tal, who was beaten three and a quarter lengths by Euchen Glen in the Gala, is one of two for Andrew Balding – alongside Alounak, with recent York second Outbox representing Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle.
Saeed bin Suroor’s Passion And Glory is on a hat-trick after a couple of eye-catching handicap wins – with the nine-strong line up also featuring last year’s winner, the Haggas-trained Pablo Escobarr, who has failed to strike in four subsequent runs.
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Battaash will face 12 rivals as he bids for a fifth successive win in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood.
Charlie Hills’ speedster was only fourth when trying to defend his King’s Stand title at Royal Ascot last month – but that was his first outing of the season after a setback delayed his return.
He is unbeaten at Goodwood, and reserves his best for the Sussex downs.
Glass Slippers was second to Battaash 12 months ago, and Kevin Ryan’s mare makes her seasonal reappearance in Friday’s Group Two.
She went on to win the Flying Five at the Curragh, finish second in the Prix de l’Abbaye and then win at the Breeders’ Cup in what was a fantastic season last year.
Archie Watson’s Dragon Symbol was first over the line in the Commonwealth Cup only to lose it in the stewards’ room, and then ran another fine race to be second in the July Cup to Starman.
He drops down to five furlongs for the first time since winning at Hamilton in May.
Tim Easterby relies on Art Power rather than Winter Power, in a rather surprising move, while John Quinn runs both Liberty Beach and Keep Busy.
The three-year-old filly Suesa makes the journey from France, with Aricebo representing Robert Cowell.
Jim Goldie’s veteran Euchen Glen will aim to add the Group Three l’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes to his impressive tally.
The eight-year-old has already won the Brigadier Gerard and the Gala Stakes at Sandown this season, and is giving 3lb away all round.
His rivals include the Andrew Balding pair of Alounak, the choice of Silvestre de Sousa, and Fox Tal.
Outbox will have the assistance of Hollie Doyle, with Saeed bin Suroor’s rapid improver Passion And Glory stepping up in grade, while Aidan O’Brien’s Mogul has his sights lowered.
William Haggas’ unbeaten Baaeed takes what his connections will hope to be the next step along the road to the highest level in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.
He has oozed class in three victories to date en route to this Group Three.
Dee Stakes winner El Drama, Royal Ascot hero Perotto, Balding’s Tactical, Richard Fahey’s Rhythm Master and Sir Mark Todd’s Tasman Bay are among the eight runners.
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The Celebration Mile and Prix Jacques le Marois are among the options under consideration for the hugely exciting Baaeed.
In the space of just over a month, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old has made a winning debut at Leicester, dominated his rivals in a Newmarket novice event and returned to the July Course to slam talented colts like Maximal and One Ruler in Listed company last week.
While an outing at Glorious Goodwood in the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes is not being ruled out, the Sea The Stars colt appears likely to given more time to recover from his recent exertions before being stepped up in class again.
Angus Gold, racing manager for owners Shadwell Estate, said: “I think Baaeed is a very good horse, hopefully.
“I haven’t discussed it any further with William as yet, but I think Goodwood is going to come too soon.
“He’s had three races in relatively quick succession – he’s gone from winning a maiden a month ago to suddenly being an impressive Listed winner in a short space of time.
“There’s the Celebration Mile at Goodwood at the end of August, or if he (Haggas) wanted to go a step further there’s the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, but all the same problems apply in terms of getting to France these days.
“I’m waiting to have a chat with William once he’s had a good look at the horse and see what he thinks. He might turn round and say ‘he looks fine, let’s go to Goodwood’. He was talking about the Group Three race over a mile (Thoroughbred Stakes).
“However, he did say he didn’t want to overdo it because the horse is in a great place at the moment. He might be the best three-year-old we have in training, so we’ve got to do the right thing by him.”
Baaeed is one of several promising three-year-olds for the Shadwell team.
Brian Meehan’s Mandoob ran with plenty of credit when runner-up in last week’s Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket, while the Haggas-trained Royal Ascot winner Mohaafeth is bound for the Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday week.
Moshaawer, meanwhile – who is trained by Roger Varian and recently impressed in a minor event at Doncaster – is viewed as a possible St Leger candidate.
“Mandoob ran very well and is a very nice horse,” said Gold.
“He’s never been a great mover in slower paces, so Brian has to be careful with him – he’s not a horse we can run every day of the week and on fast ground.
“We’ll space his races out and look for the best opportunity somewhere on a nice track. It’s early days in his career, but he’s got plenty of talent and he’s one to look forward to if we can keep him in one piece.
“Mohaafeth is heading for York, all being well. He worked on Tuesday morning and looks in good shape.
“These things are never easy. But the ideal scenario would be he wins next time, and then we can look at the Juddmonte International.
“I think Moshaawer is an improving horse – we always hoped he was going to be. He’s had niggling problems with a stress fracture and things, and he is a work in progress.
“Is he going to make up into a Leger horse? I think the idea was to give him another run at the end of this month, and if he was going to win that then you could look at the Great Voltigeur at York and we could see if he’s got the class to be a Leger horse or not.
“I think he will make a nice staying horse next year.”
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Baaeed maintained his unbeaten record with a thoroughly impressive display in the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket.
A full-brother to the high-class middle-distance performer Hukum, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old looked an exciting prospect when making a winning debut at Leicester – and confirmed that impression with a dominant display over this course and distance last month.
The Sea The Stars colt faced a far from straightforward task stepping up to Listed class, with St James’s Palace Stakes fourth Maximal and one-time Classic hope One Ruler among his four rivals, but he swept them aside with relative ease.
Always travelling well in the hands of Jim Crowley, the heavily-backed 10-11 favourite cruised into contention before readily extending four lengths clear, with Maximal a clear second ahead of One Ruler in third.
“He’s looking talented,” said Haggas.
“He’s got speed, and his brother is a mile-and-a-halfer, so he’s an exciting horse.
“His pedigree says he could step up to a mile and a quarter, but his style of racing doesn’t really say that. We’ll see, (but) I don’t think there’s any hurry to step him up in trip.
“I thought it was a really good Listed contest today, so to do that – come from the back and show a nice turn of foot – is a good sign.”
The Newmarket handler was non-committal regarding future plans, but a further step up in class seems certain.
Haggas added: “He’s had three quite quick races, so we’ll see.
“I don’t know where we’ll go, but I won’t miss a good entry.”
Blackrod (11-1) claimed top honours in the £75,000 Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap for Michael Dods and Silvestre de Sousa.
The three-year-old had suggested a valuable handicap could be within his compass when runner-up in a similarly competitive affair at York last month – and finished with a flourish under his Brazilian rider to get up and beat Apollo One by a neck.
Dods said: “We always thought he was a good horse, and he ran a good race at York last time. He had a nice weight on his back today (8st 4lb), and I thought Silvestre gave him a great ride.
“It’s strange, because he’s by Mayson and they usually want a bit of cut, but he seems to prefer faster ground.
“Hopefully there’s a lot to look forward to with him because he’s still raw – he’s a fair horse.”
The impeccably-bred Frankella made it third time lucky in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
A daughter of Frankel, Andrew Balding’s juvenile is out of owner-breeder Jeff Smith’s top-class racemare Arabian Queen, who memorably inflicted a shock defeat on Derby hero Golden Horn in the 2015 Juddmonte International at York.
Frankella had not made much of an impact on her first two starts at Salisbury in June, but came good at 20-1 under Oisin Murphy – digging deep once challenged to prevail by half a length from Princess Shabnam, with 2-1 favourite Lovely Mana back in third.
Murphy said: “She has a really good pedigree, and it’s a great result for the family.
“She improved – dropping back to six furlongs on better ground. Hopefully she’ll build on this.”
Having earlier combined to land the Bahrain Trophy with Yibir, Charlie Appleby and James Doyle doubled up with Path Of Thunder in the concluding John Deere Handicap.
The application of blinkers for the first time appeared to have the desired effect, as the 9-4 favourite improved from recent placed efforts for a three-length verdict.
Appleby said: “He’s a consistent little horse, to be fair. We’ve put some headgear on him – he’s travelled well and went to the line quite strongly in the end.
“He’s always been a Dubai-type horse, so whether we give him another run here first or pack him up for Dubai – we’ll review that next week.
“He’s off that sort of mark where he should fit the bill for out there.”
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