By Duane Fonseca
Shadwell owned Baaeed announced his arrival on the big stage with a bang at ParisLongchamp Sunday evening with a stylish success in the 1600m Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
The 3yo Sea The Stars colt was taking a step up from a stunning victory in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood in June, which was his fourth straight career success. And William Haggas’ stable heavyweight made it five in five after racing home a length and a quarter clear of Order Of Australia. He was piloted by Shadwell’s retained rider Jim Crowley, who has now partnered him to a third straight triumph now.
Baaeed was unperturbed as Crowley kept him third in the field of six off the pace set by Peter Schiergen’s German raider Novemba with Bauyrzhan Murzabayev up. Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia trailed the leader in the hands of Ryan Moore, but once Crowley stirred the pot with 400m left, Baaeed woke up to reel in those ahead of him and win without much of a fuss. Order Of Australia was second with Godolphin France’s Andre Fabre schooled Victor Ludorum third by a further quarter length in the hands of Mickael Barzalona.
It was a second success for Haggas in this race, after Aqlaam’s victory in Shadwell’s colours in 2009. Haggas missed the victory, but said on television: “It was a funny, complicated race for him because he got into a nice position and then the German horse (Novemba) came round and set him alight. He was a bit wide. He and (eventual fourth) Snow Lantern were both a bit free in third and fourth. But once he settled down, I liked the way he did it.
“He actually raced, for me, a bit fresh. He just looked pleased to be out, so that will have done him a lot of good. He’s won, which is the most important thing, and we’re delighted. We’ll celebrate."
Baaeed was very busy with four mid-summer runs and Haggas agreed it is remarkable how far the three-year-old has come in such a short space of time.
He said: “He hasn’t run for five weeks. I think he thought his season was over. He’d run quite a few times before that. But he just looked a bit pleased to be out. He was enthusiastic to post, and he raced more keenly than he has so far this year. But he’ll be fine. He’s a charming horse, and a good one – a fast one, too.”
Crowley added: “Obviously he’s been winning races very easily back home.
“This was his first step up to Group One company, fifth run of his life – and for me, he’s still learning. I thought he did very well, because the pacemaker missed it, and then chased him up – and I didn’t have any cover.
“He relaxed OK, and he picked up well. When he hit the front, he was just idling a little bit – and he was pricking his ears in front. It was a good performance. I hope he can keep progressing – I think he will do.”