‘On schedule’ with Baaeed as international challenge looms

Baaeed meets a maximum of seven rivals when he gambles on his unbeaten record at the Juddmonte International in York on Wednesday.

The son of Sea The Stars – who famously won that Group 1 competition in 2009 – has been the dominant force over the mile over the last two seasons, averaging five top-level wins.

So far this season the four-year-old has dominated his rivals at the Lockinge at Newbury, the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood – and trainer William Haggas believes the time has come to test the waters over a mile and a quarter.

“I think he’ll stick with it, no problem. I don’t know if he’s any better,” said the Newmarket handler.

“We wanted to go to the Juddmonte very early on. As a four-year-old Miler in his class, the program is very straightforward at the start of the season. It’s Lockinge, Queen Anne and then Sussex.

“And then it’s kind of, do you go to the Moulin or the Jacques le Marois or do you go to the Reise? We’ve included him in the Irish Champion Stakes just in case he needs more time between Sussex and Juddmonte. And I’m happy to say that everything is on schedule to get going next Wednesday.

“He’s had a lot of publicity lately. He’s had a lot of cameras this week and is handling it easily, much better than his trainer!

“He has a good temper. Most good ones are a bit tricky. He’s just a nice person to be around.”

Haggas sees York as the perfect stage to rise to 10 stadia, adding, “It feels right to me. You’d think he can just sit and wait and let it all unfold, and then when his foot motion is there…

“I think Jim (Crowley) has a lot of faith in the horse and trusts the horse to go faster. It’s really exciting; It’s weird to talk about because he just does it and he’s done it every time.”

Baaeed could be joined by two stablemates in Alenquer and Dubai Honour, although their participation is dependent on the floor.

Haggas said: “Dubai Honor wants to slow down. If it’s good or good too soft he will run and so will Alenquer. This is against Baaeed.”

The two biggest threats to Baaeed seem to be Mishriff, who was so impressive when he won the Juddmonte International for John and Thady Gosden 12 months ago, and Charlie Appleby’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail, who recently finished just behind Mishriff in third see was. in the coral eclipse.

Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Point Lonsdale and High Definition, while William Knight’s admirable York Stakes winner Sir Busker completes the potential line-up.

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