Newbury’s one-mile masterpiece, which forms part of Britain’s 35-race QIPCO Champions Series, has drawn a deep lineup, with all confirmations confirmed on Monday. However, the highly progressive Ba’id is a standout in character, much like last year’s Al Shaqab Lockingy Stakes winner Pallas Pierre, who took up his mantle when he beat him in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) competition in Ascot in October.
The official Baaeed rating of 125 already puts him 5 pounds and above the rest in weights, and we may not have seen the limits of his capacity yet.
Coach William Haggas put Ba’id “straight there” among his coaching bests, along with derby winner Chaumet and his second Arc winner, and while he lacked the last run, Haggas confirmed that Sea The Stars Colt delighted everyone on a gallop racetrack with stablemates. Intelligent Aldari and Montatham.
Shadwell rider Jim Crowley, who missed his first two Bailout wins last year, has enjoyed his comeback at Chelmsford and is excited for next season.
Crowley, who described Baeid as a ‘monster’ and ‘proper hero’ said: ‘I was very happy with his run in Chelmsford and I’m really looking forward to riding him again in Newbury. Horses don’t come in like him often.’
“He faces two good and decent foals. [Alcohol Free and Mother Earth] In addition to the real world, but it was a revelation last year.
“Pallas Pierre was an exceptional horse, so what Baaeed did on the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot was excellent, especially when you remember he wasn’t on a racetrack until June. I hope he steps up again, although he probably won’t need to make progress Big in numbers.
The former champion rider, who won the Al Shaqab Lockingie Stakes over the 2019 Mostrey, added: “The ground was on the slower side at Ascot and they broke and then sprinted. On better ground I’m sure he would have had better – just look at the way he accelerated at Newmarket in July the last time he raced on fast ground.
“It is an absolute pleasure for him to ride. He has manners and is just a beautiful horse. I am really looking forward to him.”
Godolphin has an impressive record at Lockinge, and the Real World will bid to give him a ninth race win, and a sixth to his coach Saeed Bin Suroor, whose latest success came with Farah in 2013.
The 5-year-old hasn’t been able to do justice to himself in two of the world’s richest dirt races in his last two matches – in the Saudi Cup and Dubai World Cup – but it’s a completely different proposition on the grass. Unbeaten in five races on grass, his easy Hunt Cup win last June at Royal Ascot was followed by a rapid rise in the ranks that culminated in group two wins over a mile at Longchamp in October and Maidan in January.
Danny Tudhope rode Real World in the last race, and he was understandably happy upon hearing he was back on board.
Tudhope said: “It’s great news and I’m delighted to be back. Once I got him in Dubai he’s had a lovely presence about him. He’s an absolute horse beast and the right kind. He won really well that day and looks like he’s ready for this big first set. He deserves to be Be there and may stand a good chance.
“You had to line the two runs since then on dirt because this is a completely different game. It’s a different horse on grass and Maidan’s win was his fifth in a row. If you’re excuse me for the dirt run it’s a very good ride and I’m looking forward to it.”
Tudhope is not familiar with Godolphin and has only ridden one winner each domestically for head coaches Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby.
He said, “I’ve had a few Godolphin rides and the odd winner over the years and it’s always great to ride with them in the famous blues, especially in Group 1 like Lockinge. I don’t think I’ve ridden against Baaeed before but it feels like a real deal. He will be defeated but there are a few nice players out there and it will be an exciting race.”
Aidan O’Brien racing last year, Mother Earth winner for QIPCO 1000 Guineas, who won the first set second at Deauville in the summer and enjoyed five other top-level places in a crowded campaign.
Successful O’Brien at Lockinge in 2003 with the 11-length winner Hawk Wing and again in 2018 with the Rhododendron, Mother Earth awarded a group 3 prep race at Curragh, which she won. He is believed to have “matured” and “physically advanced” since last year.
She gets a 3lb gender allowance, as does Alcohol Free, which Mother Earth returned in third place when she won the podium race at Royal Ascot. Alcohol Free had its third career start in Group 1 at the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, but it has fallen far short of its best in its last three starts, including when she tried in a hood, and has now been laid off, only third in the group 2 in Sandown on their backs.
Ralph Beckett runs Something Unknown in New Mandate, who beat Sir Busker in one of the listed trials of Queen Anne Stakes of Royal Ascot upon his return from a long absence.
Beckett said: “Richard Kingscote came and rode New Mandet on Tuesday morning ready to go again. He won the Royal Inn at the age of two but got sick last year and only ran once.
“We never really got to the bottom of it, although we made sure it was definitely a viral problem. We’d run into it and it would collapse on us. We’d give it plenty of time to get through it, but then we’d run into it again and it would collapse again.”
“Eventually the bullet bit him and we kept him away for two and a half months before we brought him back at the beginning of November and trained him through the winter. He took a while to get organized again after his vacation, and while he did well, I wasn’t sure how he would go, so I was thrilled when he won in Ascot.
The field was completed by Richard Hannon Chendet, a classic hope a year earlier and succeeded at a Doncaster listed company on his return, fellow stablemate Etonian, who has only participated twice since he was two years old, and John and Sunray Major of Thady Gosden, a half-brother of Kingman who could not have finished close to fifth when he stepped up the class at Sandown Group 2 last month.