Haggas Confirms Baaeed to Return at Four


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The brilliant, undefeated miler Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will return for a 4-year-old campaign, trainer William Haggas has confirmed.

“Of course I'm looking forward to next year–as long as he stays right both physically and mentally–and he's been a delight to train so far,” said Haggas of the Shadwell homebred. “He'll be a fun horse to have next year.

“It's terrific to have one of the best 3-year-olds in Europe, probably.”

A winner at Leicester on June 7, Baaeed added a Newmarket novice on June 19 before cruising to a four-length listed win there on July 8. Tried in group company for the first time, he won the G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred S. by 6 1/2 lengths at Goodwood on July 30. Sent to France for the Sept. 5 G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, the colt earned his first Group 1 win, defeating fellow top-level winners Order Of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}) and Victor Ludorum (GB) (Shamardal). The G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day went the bay's way by a neck over classy miler Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}).

He added of the full-brother to proven stayer Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), “A lot of mine that don't run at two I'm pretty sure are ok. I can't remember why he didn't run, he may have been immature, may have had a few niggles and then it went very soft, so I didn't want to run him.

“I'm also not a huge lover of the all-weather. Obviously we have quite a lot of runners on it, but I don't like running 2-year-olds on it. Sometimes you have to but if I know they are quite good, they don't run.

“I never saw him as a Guineas horse because I saw him as a stayer given how well his brother stays.”

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