William Haggas cannot wait to see Baaeed in action in 2022
William Haggas cannot wait to see Baaeed in action in 2022

Trainer William Haggas cannot wait to see Baaeed in action in 2022 after an unbeaten season for the three-year-old.

The Shadwell-owned horse has had a sensational 2021, winning all six races competed in and has risen to the top level. 

After being unraced as a juvenile, he was victorious in his maiden run at Leicester before two more race wins at Newmarket, the second being a Listed contest. 

He then stepped up to Group Three level to take the spoils in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood, winning by a huge six-and-a-half length margin under the guidance of jockey Jim Crowley. 

His stellar ascent continued with a Group One win on the continent at the Prix du Moulin before his sensational win at Ascot's Champions Day on Saturday. 

He defeated star miler Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in a close contest which was won by a neck — securing Baaeed back-to-back wins at the highest level. 

Defending champion The Revenant was even further behind as the race confirmed the son of Sea The Stars' status as one of the best in class over one mile. 

With the flat season now over, Haggas is already looking ahead to next year.

He said: "I don't think John [Gosden] was happy with Frankie's ride on Palace Pier, but Jim felt he had him covered all the way.

"We were expecting Palace Pier to attack in good time, but they crawled for the first furlong and I think Frankie thought he had the front ones covered, but Baaeed was always travelling well and I think he won OK in the end. 

"Of course I'm looking forward to next year — as long as he stays right both physically and mentally — and he's been a delight to train so far. He'll be a fun horse to have next year. 

"It's terrific to have one of the best three-year-olds in Europe, probably." 

His climb to the top of the tree mirrors that somewhat of his half-sister Sea The Class, who was also thrust into action after not racing as a junior. 

She won the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks in her first year and was also second in the Arc back in 2018. 

William Haggas vows not to make the same mistakes
William Haggas vows not to make the same mistakes

However, after racing on soft ground at Royal Ascot in 2019, she died as a four-year-old and Haggas will not make the same mistake with Baaeed. 

He added: "Sea Of Class was a brilliant filly and she also stayed well.

"She unfortunately died as a four-year-old. I shouldn't have run her at Ascot that year but I won't make that mistake again. 

"She was exceptional and she was possibly a bit unfortunate in the Arc. She jumped straight into a Listed race on her second start having got beat in her maiden. 

"Baaeed was a bit different, he needed a novice race and then the Listed before a Group Three and two Group Ones, so his rise has been pretty amazing too."

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