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Horse Racing - Racing: Baaeed set for return

Reigning champion miler Baaeed is firmly on course to make his seasonal reappearance in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 14th May.

The five-time unbeaten colt was the jewel in the crown of a numerically best ever season for trainer William Haggas in 2021 and is a 4/7 to extend his winning run into his four-year-old season.

Preparations going well

Baaeed is also the star turn at the Shadwell Estates operation and pleased their racing manager Richard Hills in his latest exercise on the Al Bahathri Polytrack at Newmarket last Thursday morning.

Unraced at two, Baaeed made up for lost time at three beginning in a novice at Leicester in June before defying a penalty in a similar race at Newmarket the following month.

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Baaeed looking the real deal

Upped to Listed class after that, the son of Sea The Stars won easily at Goodwood before registering successive Group 1 triumphs, kicking off with the Prix Moulin at Longchamp and then his finest hour when beating Palace Pier in the QEII Stakes at Ascot in October.

Newmarket trainer Haggas said: "The Lockinge is the obvious starting point and he'll have entries in both the Queen Anne and the Prince of Wales's Stakes to keep our options open. He could step up in trip later on as he's bred to get further."

On Baaeed's current condition, Haggas added: "So far, so good, but we're into dangerous territory now. As any athlete will tell you, once you get fit, life becomes a little easier and maintaining that fitness is not as difficult, but getting fit is hard, muscles get sore, everything gets sore, and that's the process he's going through  He's done well from three to four, but then he was almost certain to."

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