Trained by William Haggas for Shadwell Estates, for whom former champion Crowley rides as first jockey, Baaeed went unbeaten through his first season on the course, culminating in victories at Group 1 level in the Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Crowley partnered Baaeed in a recent racecourse gallop at Chelmsford with two stable companions, and the chance to ride the four-year-old again only increased the rider’s anticipation for his return.
“I was extremely happy with Baaeed at Chelmsford and I’m really looking forward to riding him again at Newbury – horses like him don’t come around very often,” the rider said.
“Palace Pier was an exceptional horse, so what Baaeed did on Champions Day at Ascot [when winning the QEII] was excellent, especially when you remember he hadn’t been on a racecourse until June. Hopefully he’s progressed again, although he probably wouldn’t need to have progressed too much on the figures.”
Baaeed was one of nine horses declared for the first Group 1 of the season in Britain that is open to older horses, with his rivals including the Group 1-winning fillies Alcohol Free and Mother Earth, as well as the progressive Real World.
“He’s up against two good fillies who are match fit as well as Real World, but he was a revelation last year,” Crowley said in a press release from the British Champions Series. “He’s an absolute pleasure to ride. He’s got manners and he’s just a lovely horse. I’m really looking forward to him.”
Chindit and Etonian are set to represent trainer Richard Hannon, while the field is completed by New Mandate, Sunray Major and Sir Busker.
Final field for the Lockinge Stakes
Baaeed Jim Crowley
Chindit Pat Dobbs
Etonian Rossa Ryan
New Mandate Richard Kingscote
Real World Danny Tudhope
Sir Busker Hollie Doyle
Sunray Major Frankie Dettori
Alcohol Free Rob Hornby
Mother Earth Ryan Moore
Lockinge Stakes (3.20 Newbury Saturday)
Coral: 1-2 Baaeed, 5 Mother Earth, 7 Real World, 14 Alcohol Free, 16 Chindit, New Mandate, 28 Sunray Major, 40 Sir Busker, 100 Etonian