The eighth renewal of the Al Shaqab-sponsored Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes was run at Newbury, UK yesterday. One of the most exciting racehorses of recent years, the Shadwell Estate Company-owned four-year-old Baaeed once again stunned spectators with a marvellous display in the Group One contest.
Trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, the unbeaten Baaeed recorded his seventh career success in the 1,600m contest, and in doing so, claimed a third success at Group One level.
A race that has housed champions such as Frankel (2012), Olympic Glory (2014) and just last term Palace Pier, the Jim Crowley-ridden Baaeed travelled with sublime ease throughout the race and could now be targeted at the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14th, before possibly stepping up to 2,000m later in the year.
Settling well for his seasonal bow, Baaeed was tucked in behind early leader Chindit (Wootton Bassett) through the opening stakes and was flanked by Group One winning mare, Mother Earth.
Still on the bridle inside the final 400m, Baaeed was sent clear of his eight rivals and coasted to a three and a quarter length victory over the staying on Real World, with the early leader Chindit claiming third.
Connections of Baaeed pose with the trophy.
Jockey Jim Crowley rides Baaeed to the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes victory at Newbury, UK, yesterday. PICTURES: Racing Post