Unbeaten Baaeed to enter Group One company for first time at Longchamp
- We bring you key quotes from Shadwell racing manager, Angus Gold as he talks about Baaeed
- Baaeed is one of the highest-rated three-year-olds in the sport, having won all of his races
- William Haggas' charge will next enter the Group One Prix du Moulin this coming Sunday
Jim Crowley riding Baaeed win The Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes during the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30. (Getty)
William Haggas' unbeaten three-year-old, Baaeed is to enter Group One company for the first time, as he takes on the best Europe has to offer in the Prix du Moulin in France this coming Sunday.
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Since making a winning debut at Leicester on the seventh of June, Baaeed has been one of the talking horses of the entire season. William Haggas has taken a patient approach, gently stepping his three-year-old up in class, with Baaeed sweeping his rivals aside in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket and in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.
Following that six-and-a-half length victory over El Drama on the Sussex downs, Baaeed was handed a rating of 121, making him the fourth-highest rated three-year-old in Europe, behind Adayar, St Mark's Basilica and Poetic Flare.
"He's still got so much potential." Angus Gold, Shadwell's racing manager, told the Racing Post on Sunday. "I hate hyping up horses but he's sort of done it himself. Only time will tell how good he is but he seems to have a good mind and we just want a clean run with him."
"The plan is to go for the Prix du Moulin. It will depend on how he is next week as he'll have to be in good shape before we step him up in grade again for his first crack at a Group 1."
"He's been well and William was going to give him a bit of work early in the week to see how he is. He was pleased with him last weekend and hopefully it's all systems go for Longchamp."
The horse racing world suffered a huge blow when Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, founder of Shadwell racing, passed away earlier this year.
"He's a homebred, which makes it doubly exciting," Gold continued.
"When Sheikh Hamdan was alive, he got the biggest kick out of breeding a good horse – it's nice to have a top horse to take forward his legacy."
"He's done everything right and if he wins or runs a good race (in the Prix du Moulin) then we'd probably aim for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, provided the ground isn't bottomless. If we decide not to run him then we'll hopefully have him in training as a four-year-old next season."
Poetic Flare, who's won the 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes this season, was last seen going down narrowly to Palace Pier in the Prix Jacques le Marois. Despite all his success this term, Baaeed comfortably heads Poetic Flare in William Hills' betting for Sunday's Prix du Moulin, and viewers could be in for a mouth-water showdown.
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