SHADWELL FLAGBEARER Baaeed’s trainer William Haggas has declared preparations of the Sea The Stars colt for his 4yo campaign have been on track and ‘so far, so good’. Haggas is pondering stepping his dual Group One winner up in trip and is hoping to aim him at June’s Royal Meeting at Ascot. But for his seasonal bow, Baaeed could be dispatched over his preferred mile trip in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 14 May.

Baaeed has claimed all his six wins over a mile, with the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes the pick among his triumphs. Haggas, however, is in no mood to throw caution to the wind as he said: “It’s so far, so good, but we’re into dangerous territory now. “The question I keep asking myself is when, or if, we step him up in trip. His pedigree suggests he’ll be better over further, or at least just as good, and if he’s not sharp enough over a mile now he’ll have to go up in trip quite quickly.

The Lockinge is the obvious starting point. “As any athlete will tell you, once you get fit, life becomes a little easier and maintaining that fitness is not as difficult, but getting fit is hard, muscles get sore, everything gets sore, and that’s the process he’s going through. “Luckily, he’s not difficult. He’s done well from three to four, but then he was almost certain to. He’s not huge, just a good medium-sized horse with a good backside, and he’s charming, very kind and relatively straightforward.”