Promising miler Maljoom is looking to make up for a galling defeat in the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot with a crack at the Prix Jacques le Marois. William Haggas' Caravaggio colt had a mare at Ascot, starting slowly and then finding no room to make a charge at winner Coroebus but still finished a creditable fourth in the Royal meeting. Haggas won't be pitching the German Guineas winner against superstar stablemate Baaeed in the Sussex Stakes and will instead send him over the Channel for the Group 1 at Deauville. "Sheikha Hissa's (Baaeed's owner) uncle is Sheikh Ahmed (Maljoom's owner) so I don't think there's any desire to send Maljoom for the Sussex and he's not in it for a start off. I think he's going to go for the Jacques le Marois," Haggas told Nick Luck's Daily Podcast. "I'm pretty sure he'd have won with a clear run, they went no gallop in that race and it was really messy. Ryan's (Moore, Aikhal) horse fell back at the wrong time and it was one of those things that can happen. "The horse made rapid gains in the last furlong and many observers thought he'd have won and I agree, I think he would have done." My Prospero, somewhat the forgotten Haggas horse despite finishing ahead of Maljoom in third at Ascot, will be stepped up in trip. "I think My Prospero is a good horse, but he just needs further. It was a risk running him as we know that, but it was the last Group One for three-year-olds. "He won't run at a mile again, he has the option of the Sky Bet Stakes at York or the Prix Eugene Adam, but I need to think about it. He's a great big horse who will be better next year."
Haggas also spelled out Baaeed's direction of travel with a run in the Sussex Stakes and then the Juddmonte International at York for the best horse in Europe.
"I think that is the obvious route. We haven't discussed it fully but it seems the obvious thing because he's got to race, he's four-year-old and he's got to get on with it," he said. "He won well, as he was entitled to do. I was not overwhelmed by his performance - although he never came off the bridle really - but the handicapper has put him up 3lb so he must have seen something so it was good. "I think there's possibly something in that he only does what he needs to do, like his father (Sea The Stars), who was never flash but he kept winning over every distance. "This horse is doing what he has to do and that is why going up in trip will be so interesting."
📓 One for the notebook?
🏇 Despite having no luck in running, MALJOOM put up a cracking final furlong to run into fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
👀 The colt looks like a future Group 1 winner for William Haggas!#RoyalAscot pic.twitter.com/Uf1I2Jy47f
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