Shadwell homebred BAAEED confirmed himself one of the best milers in Europe with a brilliant victory in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.
The William Haggas-trained three-year-old colt travelled strongly under Jim Crowley and swept into the lead in the final furlong. He stayed on well to win a shade cosily by a length and a quarter, with Group 1 winners ORDER OF AUSTRALIA, VICTOR LUDORUM and SNOW LANTERN left trailing in his wake.
He is now unbeaten in five starts, and has also taken the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket and Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood by wide margins this season.
Crowley said after the race: “BAAEED has been winning races very easily in Britain and this was his first step up to Group 1 company, and only the fifth run of his life, so he’s still learning and he did it well.
“The pacemaker missed the break and then chased them up, which left us with no cover, but he relaxed into it and picked up well, and idled when he got to the front, pricking his ears.
“I hope he keeps progressing and I think he will do. He stays a mile well and could get further in time, and he’s not ground dependent. He has a fantastic mind, and was very laid-back on his first trip abroad today. He took it all in his stride and was cool as a cucumber.
“It’s a lovely result for Sheikha Hissa and everyone at Shadwell.”
BAAEED is by SEA THE STARS, also the sire of other Shadwell stars TAGHROODA, MUTAKAYYEF and AL AASY. He is out of the Listed-winning KINGMAMBO mare AGHAREED, making him a full-brother to multiple Group 3 winner HUKUM, who was a narrow second in the September Stakes on Saturday.
AGHAREED is in turn out of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Flower Bowl Invitational heroine LAHUDOOD, and she is descended from Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s fabulous blue hen mare HEIGHT OF FASHION, the dam of NASHWAN, NAYEF and UNFUWAIN.
AGHAREED has a yearling colt by NATHANIEL and a colt foal by NIGHT OF THUNDER.