THE FIRST DAY OF Royal Ascot 2022 was a memorable one for Shadwell, both in the silks of the late Sheikh Hamdan and for the stud. Firstly, homebred 4yo colt Baaeed maintained his unbeaten run with a smooth success for Jim Crowley in the opening race of the meeting, the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over the Ascot straight mile.

Trained by William Haggas, the colt’s record now stands at eight victories from as many starts, having also taken competitive renewals of Group One events, the Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last year and the Lockinge Stakes on his seasonal reappearance in 2022. Baaeed is a Sea The Stars full-brother to recent Coronation Cup hero Hukum out of Aghareed, a Listed winning daughter of Kingmambo and Shadwell’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Lahudood.

In turn, Lahudood is descended from the late Sheikh Hamdan’s wonderful blue hen mare Height Of Fashion, whose offspring included the champions Nashwan and Nayef. Shadwell’s outstanding day continued when Bradsell, a son of Nunnery Stud freshman sire Tasleet, won the very next race on the card, the prestigious 6f Group 2 Coventry Stakes, the meeting’s main juvenile contest, in decisive fashion under Hollie Doyle.

An impressive nine length winner on debut at York last month, Bradsell was bred by Deborah O’Brien and is the fourth foal and first winner out of Radley Stakes winner Russian Punch, a daughter of Archipenko. He was purchased by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock for £47,000 from consignor Mark Grant’s draft at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in April, before entering training with Archie Watson. Tasleet now has five winners to his credit, also including the useful fillies Carmela and Omniqueen.