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Baaeed will meet eight rivals in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday as William Haggas’ charge faces a fitting test on his seasonal reappearance.
The Sea The Stars colt was ranked sixth best horse in the world last year after a three-year unbeaten campaign that began on his first career start at Leicester before ending with victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes of Group 1.
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Baaeed’s main threats in the 3.20 at Newbury include last year’s 1000 Guineas hero Mother Earth and multiple Group 1 winner Alcohol Free.
Below are Lockinge Stakes tips from horse racing experts Paddy Power and our rider-by-rider guide for all nine horses.
Lockinge Stakes Runners
Coach: Guillaume Haggas Jockey:Jim Crowley Age: 4 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 3
Top class colt who took his unbeaten run to six with elegant success in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot (1m) by the neck of Palace Pier. Sort to do even better in 2022, and he’ll prove tough to beat when he returns seasonally.
Coach: Richard Hannon Jockey: Pat Dobbs Age: 4 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 1
Clever colt who picked up with a comfortable victory in the listed 1m race at Doncaster 49 days ago by 2¼ lengths from Tempus. Winner of the course too, but it demands a lot more.
Coach: Richard Hannon Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 4 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 9
Lightly run 7f winner who returned from 12 months off with a good ninth of 17 handicap on C&D 28 days ago. It’s a very big ask, though.
Coach:Ralph Beckett Jockey:Richard Kingscote Age: 4 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 5
Intelligent artist at 2 years old. He has only run twice since, but was back to winning ways in the 1m listed contest at Ascot 17 days ago. Not reduced for space purposes if he can build on this success.
Coach: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Daniel Tudhope Age: 5 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 8
Classy horse at his best, but he’s been well below par in both starts since scoring at Meydan in January. The winner of the course has a lot to prove right now.
Coach: Guillaume Chevalier Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 6 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 7
His last win came in 2020 but he is a smart performer and posted a creditable runner-up of 4 against New Mandate in the listed 1m race at Ascot 17 days ago. Has a lot on its plate here, though.
Coach: John and Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 5 Mass: 9st 0lbs To design: 6
Clever horse who took over with a good fifth of 6 at Lights On in Mile at Sandown 22 days ago. Still low mileage, but it’s not easy to ask.
Coach: Andrew Balding Jockey: Rob Hornby Age: 4 Mass: 8st 11lbs To design: 2
Highly intelligent filly who scored her third Group 1 success in the Sussex Stakes last summer. Hooded while below average in Third Mile at Sandown 22 days ago, but not written off now that headgear is quickly removed.
Coach: Aidan O’Brien Jockey:Ryan Moore Age: 4 Mass: 8st 11lbs To design: 4
Winner of the 1000 Guineas last year who returned to a comfortable victory in the Park Express Stakes at the Curragh (1m) 49 days ago. Kind and consistent. Strong claims.
Tips for Lockinge Posts
Matt Chapman: It is impossible to oppose BAAEED who is undoubtedly the best horse in the world. For now, foreign horses dominate the world rankings.
Rory Delargy: If BAAEED is ready, he will win this. He must have developed physically but I’m sure that won’t be a problem. It is exceptionally difficult to find a case against him.
In terms of one-way choices, I like the look of SIR BUSKER at a huge price. He is in Group 1 class. He is not the best in this race but he will have conditions to match. 1m and a bit of digging into the ground is ideal. He’s a better horse on home soil, but he was slightly disappointing last time out at Ascot. However, this tactical four-runner race didn’t quite suit him, while this race will.
Mick Fitzgerald: BAAEED has super impressive form numbers with six wins in six starts. Soil conditions aren’t an issue, so even with a bit of rain we don’t have to worry.
form of time: BAAEED made giant strides in 2021 and scored a premier victory over Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. There promises to be even more to come from him this term, so he should confidently extend his winning streak to seven. ahead of the heroine of the Sussex Stakes from last season without alcohol.
Ruby Walsh: Baaeed will win but I’m looking for the one who could beat him if he doesn’t show up, and for me it’s REAL WORLD. For a horse with relatively little turf riding, he seems to be improving. If you omit his two dirt runs from earlier this year, he comes here with a string of 1s behind his name. He could be the one if Baaeed doesn’t bring his best game.
Jason Weaver: This is the red favorite Baaeed who maintains his unbeaten record. However, from a punting perspective, the ALCOHOL-FREE superstar is largely overlooked as a one-sided player. She looked much better for her return to action at Sandown and ran a great race without getting knocked down. She barely saw daylight on most of Sandown Hill. It will be dropped on this occasion and its revealing change of gear late on can prove decisive, to obtain a share and perhaps the whole pie.