Baaeed storms to decisive victory on Group One debut in the Prix du Moulin ParisLongchamp to set up clash with Palace Pier in Queen Elizabeth stakes at Ascot
- Baaeed made his debut at Leicester in June and is now unbeaten in five races
- The son of Sea The Stars was the 1-2 favourite going into Sunday’s race
- Jockey Jim Crowley says Baaeed is improving and believes there’s more to come
Baaeed set up a heavyweight clash with Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month as he graduated to the Group One club with victory in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
Impressed bookmakers reacted by making Baaeed favourite for the showdown on Qipco British Champions day, ahead of his five-time Group One-winning opponent.
William Haggas-trained Baaeed only made his debut in a maiden at Leicester in June. He is now unbeaten in five races.
Baaeed won on his Group One debut in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp on Sunday
Aidan O’Brien’s (pictured) Order Of Australia finished a length-and-a-quarter behind Baaeed
The son of Sea The Stars had won the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on his last start, and took a huge reputation into Sunday’s race, starting 1-2 favourite.
But Baaeed, who carries the Shadwell Stud colours, showed his substance with a length-and-a-quarter win from Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia. Leading just over a furlong out, Baaeed was asked to dig deep for the first time but looked tidily on top at the line.
As a comparative form line, Order Of Australia, winner of last season’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, finished two lengths behind John and Thady Gosden-trained Palace Pier in last month’s Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.
Jockey Jim Crowley believes Baaeed is progressing well and that there is still more to come
But jockey Jim Crowley believes there is still more to come from his relatively inexperienced mount Baaeed. He said: ‘It was his first step into Group One company, only the fifth run of his life and he’s still learning.
‘He picked up well and when he hit the front he was pricking his ears. I hope he can keep progressing and I think he will do.
‘He stays the mile well and he is not ground-dependent. He has a fantastic mind. It was the first time he has been abroad and he took it all in his stride.’
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