Baaeed again showed his adoring fans why he is the best racehorse in the world with another stunning performance in the Group One Sussex Stakes (1,800m) on day two of Glorious Goodwood.
After the four-year-old’s fifth win in a row at Group One level at odds of $1.16, trainer William Haggas was left stunned at the talent his equine superstar possesses.
“He has so many gears.,” Haggas said. “It’s like somebody doing the Tour de France on a motorbike. It must be a wonderful feeling to be able to pull him out and come home on the bridle.
“I’ve been doing this for more than 30 years and horses like him don’t come around very often. We’re lucky to have him.”
Baaeed’s career looks likely to draw to a close at the end of the British season with his last two races scheduled to be the Juddmonte International at York next month and the Champion Stakes at Ascot.
“I was with Jim in the paddock and told him we’ve got him for two more races after this as he’ll likely go to stud so we must enjoy him. Then I’ll spend the remainder of my training career trying to find another one,” Haggas said.
While the form book may suggest that this length and three-quarter success was not a career-best given the ratings of his rivals, Baaeed’s regular rider is in no doubt that he is the best horse he’s ridden.
“He’s got a fantastic attitude and I’ve never known another horse like him,” Crowley said.
“He’s just so laid-back. As I say, I’ve never known a horse with such a wonderful demeanour. It’s just a pleasure to ride him. It was a very good race and he’ll never go and win by 10 lengths as he’s just not that type of horse.
“He got there very easily, changed his legs and away he went. His rise has been phenomenal and he’s taken great strides.
“He ran a remarkable race at Royal Ascot last time when he produced a faster final furlong over a mile than Nature Strip did over five furlongs in the King’s Stand. That’s pretty amazing.”
Crowley is also in no doubt that stamina will not be an issue as he steps up to 2,000m in the Juddmonte International, with his mount likely to scare a few rivals away after extending his unbeaten record to nine races.
“The trip shouldn’t be a problem,” Crowley said. “He switches off and his turn of foot should be just as potent over further.”
It was a good day for followers of favourites with five of the seven market leaders saluting, including Oscula in the Group Three Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (1,400m).
Returning quickly after finishing second at Ascot just four days earlier, the gutsy three-year-old got up in the dying strides to beat 66-1 outsider Internationalangel by a head to give young trainer George Boughey a huge thrill.
“She’s so fresh and well, we had to run her,” Boughey said. “She loves her racing and has found some more improvement. These are the horses you dream of having and this means a lot to the whole yard.”
One favourite who failed to pick up the lion’s share of prize money was Rocket Rodney, who finished second to Trillium in the Group Three Molecomb Stakes (1,000m).
Trainer Richard Hannon thinks highly of the juvenile filly and has some lofty targets for her.
“She’s a lovely filly and we’ll look at the Prix Morny and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint,” Hannon said.
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