Ascot To See ‘The Best Of’ Baaeed, Says William Haggas For Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Ascot will see ‘the best of’ Baaeed, says trainer William Haggas… who admits the mountain will also be ‘tested’ for the toughest task yet in Group One’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

  • Baaeed has been tipped to be in good shape for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
  • Trainer William Haggas believes the mountain will be ‘tested’ during the tough test
  • But Haggas also tipped Ascot to see ‘the best of’ Baaeed in the ‘best mile race’

Trainer William Haggas says Baaeed will be in better form in Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot than when he won his first Group One prize at last month’s Prix Du Moulin at Longchamp.

Jim Crowley’s mount, which defeated the Order of Australia a length and a quarter in France, faces his toughest task yet with QEII opponents led by John and Thady Gosden, five-time Group One winner Palace Pier and entries including Alcohol Free, Mother Earth and last year’s winner The Revenant.

Haggas, who thinks he will throw Baaeed in the ‘best mile race of the season’, said: ‘I was very happy with him at Longchamp. I don’t want to undermine the horses that finished behind him, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t see him at his best that day.

William Haggas believes Ascot will see ‘the best of’ Baaeed in ‘best mile race of the season’

“We had a bit of a hiccup. It wasn’t serious, but we had a bit of a hasty preparation. He was a little fresh to post and in the race, but he will be focused on Saturday.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll see the best of him in Ascot.”

Baaeed has yet to undergo serious testing and Haggas said the key to his run on Saturday is how much more potential there is to unlock in a colt who has only run five times since his debut at Leicester in June.

Trainer Haggas also admits the foal will be 'tested' but insists he is fully 'focused' on the race

Trainer Haggas also admits the foal will be ‘tested’ but insists he is fully ‘focused’ on the race

The trainer added: “Baaeed will have everything, but the little that none of us know is what he has left. He is being tested. He’s danced every dance so far and we’ll see if he keeps dancing.’

Baaeed, one of the hottest horses competing for £4 million Qipco British Champions Day, is one of nine likely runners for Haggas on the map.

He fears the ground is drying out too much for last year’s winner Addeybb in the Champion Stakes. He will line up alongside stable mates Al Aasy and Dubai Honour, the winner of the Prix Dollar which was added to the race for £75,000.

Haggas is represented by Hamish, another lightly played exciting talent in the Fond Cup.