Undefeated in 7 races and already a superstar even though he hadn’t even started a year ago, Baaeed put on a show in the Lockinge Stakes (Gr.1) on Saturday, taking some real Gr.1 horses for claimants. The son of Sea The Stars trained by William Haggas, a miler who could try his hand at 2000m, is hailed by the horse racing world as a phenomenon, and perhaps the best since a certain Frankel.
There is him and the others. Is Baaeed the best horse since Frankel? A lot of evidence suggests yes.
We often hear the horse racing media ignite on a horse, sometimes without a future. But never, ever, has the world dared in recent years to compare a courier to frankel. The undefeated crack of Khalid Abdullah, 14 races and 14 victories including the finest mile and 2000 m events in Europe, and some legendary outings such as his success in the Guineas, earned him the title of best horse in history, or at least the 21st century. Frankel is a legend, and we don’t compare the first comer to the legend. All this was before Baaeedand his Saturday comeback in the Lockinge Stakes.
Frankel, the best horse in racing history
Already, Baaeed is a miler, who could perform this season in the 2000m, just like Frankel did. The 4 years of William Haggas however, has a completely different path, since he only started in July when he was 3 years old. What’s incredible is that he has taken a huge step in the space of a few months. From an unknown at the same time in 2021, he became an undefeated superstar, beating everything presented to him with the greatest of ease, until offering himself a crack like Palace Pier in the Queen Elisabeth II at Ascot for her 6th outing only. This is quite a feat, which allowed Baaeed to write the first lines of his legend, especially since he arrived a few months after the disappearance of his breeder. Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoumand descends from its magical strain launched with the purchase of Height Of Fashion to Queen Elizabeth II. Quite a symbol.
And Baaeed stayed in training at 4 years old! With his golden pedigree and his track record already established in such a short time, he could have gone directly to stud, but the whole Shadwell team tried the exciting but commercially risky adventure. Baaeed was logically the most anticipated horse on the track this first half, and quite simply achieved the best performance of his career in the Lockinge Stakes. 500m from the pole, Jim Crowley was still firing on it while all of its competitors were being actuated, and it simply destroyed Real World, Chindit and Alcohol Free, horses that had all shown their competitiveness at Gr.1 level. Looking even better at 4 years old, the comparisons to Frankel have already poured in. The legendary jockey Mick Kinane said bluntly that it was the best horse that had been seen since him, and Angus Goldmanager of Shadwell, declared that if Baaeed was still far from equaling Frankel, he is headed on this path… All the same!.
Baaeed with his trainer William Haggas and his jockey Jim Crowley
William Haggas just wants him to win everything for his new star. He should take the “Frankel Road”, ie the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, then the Sussex Stakes, where he could face the winner of the Guineas Coroebus, and finally the Juddmonte International Stakes, a race where Frankel was first tested over 2000m. It was a successful test, and even one of his most memorable performances. With a rating of 129 while he has only 7 races on the clock, Baeed is of this caliber. With a cruising speed above the norm and a devastating “turn of foot”, it never really showed its limits. Even in the QEIIs, he beat the best miler on the planet, Palace Pier, when he was only competing in his 6th race and had an unfavorable course. Basically, it’s a phenomenon, and maybe even more. This is a horse like you rarely see in your life.
For William Haggas, the only horse that could match Baaeed in his trainer history at this point is Sea Of Class. She was also a daughter of Sea The Stars, himself a crack on the ring and then at stud, who has often been categorized as a classic stallion. It is true that he excels with horses of 2000-2400 m, but shows that it should not be reduced to that with a miler of genius like Baaeed. More in shape than ever, and while he has never had such a commercial rating during his career as a stallion, Sea The Stars continues to deliver convincing results at the top level in recent weeks. We saw the eternal return with fanfare of the famous Stradivaribut also the demonstration in York of the undefeated Emily Upjohn, who will be the great favorite of the Epsom Oaks. Currently, Sea The Stars is perhaps the best stallion with Dubai, Siyouni…and Frankel. All while waiting for Baaeed, who will still have a few opportunities to prove that he is perhaps the new “best horse in history”.
Sea The Stars