Baaeed storms to decisive win on Group 1 debut at Prix du Moulin ParisLongchamp to set up collision with Palace Pier in Queen Elizabeth stakes at Ascot
- Baaeed made his Leicester debut in June and is now unbeaten in five races
- Sea The Stars’ son was the 1-2 favorite for Sunday’s race
- Jockey Jim Crowley Says Baaeed Is Improving And Believes More To Come
Baaeed secured a heavyweight bout with Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month, as he graduated to the Group One club with victory at the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
The impressed bookmakers responded by making Baaeed a favorite for the Qipco British Champions Day showdown ahead of his five-time Group One winning opponent.
Baaeed, trained by William Haggas, only made his debut at Leicester in June. He is now undefeated in five races.
Baaeed won on Sunday at his group debut in the Prix du Moulin in ParisLongchamp
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, with a 1-2 favourite.
But Baaeed, who wears the Shadwell Stud livery, showed his strength with a minute and a half win over Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia. Baaeed led just over a town and was first asked to dig deep, but he looked neatly at the top. As a line of comparison, Order Of Australia, winner of last season’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, finished two lengths behind the John and Thady Gosden-trained Palace Pier in last month’s Prix Jacques Le Marois in Deauville.
Jockey Jim Crowley believes Baaeed is making good progress and 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 in the Group One business, only the fifth time in his life and he is still learning.
“He picked up well and when he hit the front, his ears pricked up. I hope he can continue to make progress and I think he will.
“He keeps well for the mile and he is not ground dependent. He has a fantastic mind. It was his first time abroad and he had a great time.’