Baaeed takes emphatic victory in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury | Horses race
Baaeed made the perfect start to his highly anticipated four-year campaign with an emphatic victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. The Sea The Stars colt was a heavy favorite to extend his winning streak to seven and the 4-9 market leader made short work of eight rivals in the showpiece of the mile.
The William Haggas superstar made effortless progress last season, going six rounds unbeaten and going from winning a maiden Leicester in June to winning back-to-back Group 1s in September and October.
Chindit went all out, giving jockey Jim Crowley the opportunity to set up behind, and he could be called the winner away from home as his rider began to kick into high gear and Baaeed stalked. moved away. The Real World tried to fight back in second and rode a great run, but was no match for the three-and-a-quarter winner, with Chindit remaining valiant for third, an extra length and three-quarters. back.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to ride and very simple,” Crowley said. “He’s the most beautifully bred horse. He’s everything you’d expect from a racehorse.
“Nothing seems to bother him. He doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. I can’t think of one. It’s really shiny, has gears, slacks and stays extremely well over the mile and has a toe turn. You couldn’t ask for more, really. I sat last on him at Goodwood and he has a really good turn around, so it’s not like you have to be in a certain place in a race – just where he’s happy, really.
“Mohaather, who won the Sussex Stakes, was very underrated. What he did that day was exceptional. This horse seems to be the best [I’ve ridden]. It was very simple. Everything went well – it was like clockwork. There wasn’t a lot of pace in the race, but he has such a turnaround that if they had gone faster it probably would have helped him.
A rather relieved Haggas said: “I have to say that I have never been so nervous before a race as today. There was a bit of pressure, because you all keep writing great things about him. But he did well today. I wouldn’t say he’s the best horse in the world – that’s the kind of thing others might say – but he did very well. It was quite a strong field, there was a Classic winner and two fillies who were very useful last year, so he did very well. If we go to a mile and a quarter, if he stays fit and healthy, we’ll go for the Juddmonte.
“Even better news is that my wife unfortunately cannot be here today as she is in Dubai and our daughter’s waters have just broken so we may be grandparents again in the future very close – which is much more important.”