"We all hope there's more to come" - Haggas confident ahead of Baaeed's Lockinge return
- Key quotes ahead of the 2022 Lockinge Stakes
- Thie Group One will take place at Newbury on Saturday 14th May
- Baaeed is the 1/2 favourite to remain unbeaten on Saturday
- We bring you quotes from William Haggas, Aidan O'Brien and Saeed bin Suroor ahead of the 2022 Lockinge
Jim Crowley riding Baaeed (blue/white) win The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during the Qipco British Champions Day. (Getty)
The spotlight will shine on Newbury this weekend, as the 2022 Lockinge Stakes takes place.
Topping the betting at Newbury is unbeaten colt Baaeed, who ended an impressive three-year-old campaign with a smart victory in the QEII Stakes on Champions Day. Baaeed is 1/2 to make a winning return in the Lockinge, and William Haggas seemed confident when he spoke to the press over the weekend.
"Baaeed didn't start racing until last June, and after just six runs we all hope there's more to come." Haggas said.
"He's had a good winter and he's done lots of conditioning work. You can never be sure, and it's possible he won't be as good, but all of the signs are suggesting he might be just as good at four, if not better, so we have to hope that's the case."
The ground was soft when Baaeed won his two Group Ones last autumn. Some have said that quick ground at Newbury on Saturday could catch the favourite out, but Haggas has no worries regarding this weekend's going.
"There was an element of relief when he won the QEII. We hoped he was up to it and he proved that he was, but I still don't believe he needs that ground, which was pretty soft in my book," said the Newmarket handler."
"He's got some good form on that ground, but if the ground at Newbury came up quick it wouldn't bother me at all. It will be fine for him, I'm sure."
Leading the charge against Baaeed is Aidan O'Brien's Mother Earth. Frankie Dettori rode O'Brien's filly to victory in the 1000 Guineas and Aidan was pleased with Mother Earth's prep-run for the Lockinge when she made a winning return at the Curragh last month.
"We gave her a run at the Curragh to have her ready for the Lockinge." O'Brien said to the Irish Times.
"We are very happy with her. We think she has matured from last year. She had some very good runs and she was a bit unlucky a few times. Physically she has come forward since last year.”
Saeed bin Suroor has also lined up Real World for a crack at Baaeed on Saturday. After running away with the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot last June, Real World went on to win the Steventon Stakes, the Strensall Stakes and the Prix Daniel Wildstern, and returns to the UK after some solid performances during Meydan's World Cup Carnival.
Bin Suroor said to the Racing Post on Monday. "Real World is doing really well and worked today. It was his last piece of work and he worked well."
"He came back from his last run well and just didn't handle the dirt. We're not going to run him on dirt again, we'll just concentrate on turf. He prefers good ground, but I think he could run well if it's quicker."
"It's a good race – one we've won a few times. We have a good record in it and Real World is the right horse to run in it. Baaeed looks the best horse in the race, but our horse runs well at a mile and he's improving physically. We'll go there and take our chance against Baaeed, but I'm really happy with my horse."
Fitzdares make Mother Earth their 4/1 second favorite behind Baaeed, with an 8/1 shot. The full betting for the 2022 Lockinge Stakes can be found on our website.
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