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Notable racing names queued up to pay tribute to Wiilliam Haggas' unbeaten Baaeed after he ran away with the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last weekend.
The Sea The Stars colt opened up the gears to leave his Newbury rivals for dust, smashing open a three and a quarter length gap which would never be closed under Jim Crowley.
The manner of the win was enough to draw comparisons with the great Frankel, as Lockinge winning ex-jockey Philip Robinson purred about Baaed. "He's the best horse I've seen since Frankel, pure and simple." "I've thought he's a very good horse for some time and he was seriously impressive. I've been impressed with him before in all of his previous runs and it's there to be seen now. "How much he can do from here is anybody's guess. He's a lovely, lovely horse all round and he must be a pleasure to be involved with. "I think one only comes along that's as good as this about every 10 years." Mick Kinane's Hawk Wing Lockinge victory is considered by many to be the finest ever but even he doffed his cap to badass Baaeed. "He looks a very exciting horse going forward. If he keeps on improving then he's going to be very hard to beat through the year and you have to look forward to him running in the Queen Anne at Ascot," he said. "We know what can happen with horses at any given time and nothing is for certain, but you would imagine he will be peaking at Ascot and it will be very exciting to watch. "These great milers are always exciting to ride, they are explosive and always have a great turn of pace and it's the best fun you'll have on any horse if you get a very good miler." Kinane says Baaeed could take a step up to 10 furlongs in his stride, adding: "I would say a mile and a quarter later in the year would be well within his scope. He has pace and power and it would be a bonus if he was to step up later in the year. "If a horse can win a race like the Juddmonte International, it's a mile two and 100 yards, they have to get an extended mile and a quarter to do that you know. "He looks like he'll be a very valuable stallion prospect, so it's very exciting for connections."
Rock up in Newmarket and you may get lucky. Baaeed crossing Bury Road. pic.twitter.com/jkB5gOJSuH
— Michael Harris (@mjyharris) May 15, 2022
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