Baaid made the perfect start to his long awaited four-year campaign with an emphatic victory at the Al Shaqab Lockingie Stakes in Newbury. The Sea The Stars Colt was highly favored to extend his winning streak to seven, and the 4-9 market leader made short work of eight competitors in the mileage width.
The William Haggas star made easy progress last season, going unbeaten in six games and going from winning Leicester’s first title in June to back-to-back wins in the first set in September and October.
Chandette set out to get it all done and gave jockey Jim Crowley the chance to settle in the back, and he could be called the away winner as his rider started to pick up gears and lengthen the Baaeed away. Real World tried to battle it out for second and did a good race, but was no match for the three and a quarter winner, with Chindit bravely staying for third, extra length and three quarters. Back.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to ride and it’s so clear,” Crowley said. “It’s the most beautiful horse that has ever been reared. It’s everything you want in a racehorse.
“Nothing seems to bother him. He doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. I can’t think of one. He’s really smart, he has gears, he rests and stays a mile very well and he’s turned around. You couldn’t ask for more, really. I sat on it.” Last time in Goodwood and he got a very good turn, so it’s not like you’re in a particular place in a race – just where he’s really happy.
“Moather, who won the Sussex Stakes, was not so much of him. What he did that day was exceptional. This horse looks like he could be the best.” [I’ve ridden]. It was very clear. Everything went smoothly – it was like clockwork. There wasn’t much speed in the race, but he turned on his foot, if they had gone faster, maybe it could have helped him.”
“I have to say, I wasn’t more nervous before the race than I was today,” said Haggas somewhat relieved. “There was a bit of pressure, because all of your teammates kept writing nice things about him. But he did it well today. I won’t go as far. Saying he’s the best horse in the world – that’s the kind of thing other people would say – but he’s done a really good job. It’s been a solid field, and there was a classic winner there and two pony that were very useful last year, so he’s done really well. If we go ahead For a mile and a quarter, if he keeps fit and healthy, we’ll go to Gudmonte.
“The better news is that unfortunately my wife cannot be here today, because she is in Dubai and our daughter’s waters just broke, so we can be grandparents again in the near future – which is the most important thing.”