Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes: Brilliant Baaeed attempts to remain undefeated in Newbury Group One | racing news



The impressive Baaeed puts his unbeaten record on the line on Saturday afternoon in the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, taking on eight opponents, including last year’s 1000 Guineas hero, the Earth Mother.

Baaeed will be looking to join an illustrious list of Lockinge winners, including possibly two of the best riders we have seen in Frankel and Brigadier Gerard.

Also in the field is Real World, who brings her unbeaten record on grass to the party, as well as Andrew Balding’s Group One winning filly, Alcohol Free.

Baaeed and Jim Crowley after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Baaeed and Jim Crowley after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes


Rider: Jim Crowley; Coach: William Haggas

William Haggas’s superstar colt went six for six at Ascot on Champions Day, beating last year’s Lockinge winner Palace Pier by a neck.

He still has relatively low mileage, worryingly for his opposition, this son of Sea The Stars is likely to have even more improvements to come as a four-year-old.

He seems tactically and terrain-wise versatile, as well as being comfortably the best rated on the field, so he should take all the beating.


J: Pat Dobbs; T: Richard Hannon

He has fallen short on a few occasions at the highest level, but looked as good as ever when he beat Tempus at Doncaster in his season comeback.

He walked away nicely in the final furlong there and there should be more to come from the Richard Hannon colt, but in all his known form he is ready to contend for minor honors at best.


J: Rossa Ryan; T: Richard Hannon

He seemed very smart to both of them when he won his first two starts, including the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown.

He put in his place later that season when he was beaten at Dewhurst and has ultimately been disappointing ever since.

He struggled on his comeback when he finished ninth in a Newbury handicap four weeks ago and while he could get his career back on track this season, he seems likely to struggle at this much higher level.

new mandate

J: Richard Kingscote; T: Ralph Beckett

He showed a good attitude when he won again in his first race of the season in the Listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot 17 days ago, taking four wins from his last six starts.

He seemed smart at both of them and only raced once when he was three, so it’s interesting to see how he progresses this year.

You will most likely feel much more comfortable in calmer waters.

Real world

J: Danny Tudhope; T: Saeed Bin Suroor

He progressed throughout last season and concluded with a comfortable Group Two victory at Longchamp on the Arc weekend.

He started this year the same way with a Turf win at Meydan, but has been well beaten on clay the last two times at Group One level.

They are five for five on grass, so he should relish the return to this surface and he seems likely to be in the shakeup if that is the case.

mr busker

J: Hollie Doyle; T: William Knight

The most exposed horse in the field, the six-year-old son of William Knight, is now riding an 18-race losing streak dating back to June 2020 despite some valiant efforts in defeat.

He finished second out of four behind the opposing new Mandate last time out and another one who will need to take a big step forward to participate.

Frankie Dettori riding Sunray Major
Frankie Dettori riding Sunray Major

major sunbeam

J: Frankie Dettori; T: John and Thady Gosden

A light-running son of Dubawi, he made an encouraging comeback by finishing fifth in a Sandown Group Two that finished just behind Alcohol Free.

That was his first race at group level and with Frankie Dettori he could be involved at a high price if he steps ahead of that race, which seems entirely possible.

Oisin Murphy celebrates as Alcohol Free crosses the line to the front in the Sussex Stakes
Oisin Murphy celebrates as Alcohol Free crosses the line to the front in the Sussex Stakes

Without alcohol

J: Rob Hornby; T: Andrew Calvo

First class Group One winning filly who disappointed a bit when she finished third at Sandown on her comeback three weeks ago.

It was tested in the neighborhood there, which is quickly dispensed with and if it returns to its best here, it could be found in a place,

He was soundly beaten by Baaeed in October on the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot.

Ryan Moore leads Mother Earth to victory in the Park Express Stakes at The Curragh
Ryan Moore leads Mother Earth to victory in the Park Express Stakes at The Curragh

Mother Earth

J: Ryan Moore; T: Aidan O’Brien

Tough and consistent filly from Aidan O’Brien, whose biggest win came in last year’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

He backed it up later in the season when he won the Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville, as well as putting on a series of valiant efforts in defeat.

He respawned victoriously at The Curragh, claiming close to home and seems the most likely of all to scare off Baaeed.

Lewis’s Great Race Verdict

It looks like superstar Baaeed is going to take all the beating here and he’s head and shoulders above the rest in ratings.

Even with a light run, there may very well be more to come from him, which is a terrifying prospect for the opposition.

Godolphin’s Real World and Aidan O’Brien’s Guineas-winning Mother Earth seem to fill the spots.

Of the potential upgraders, Sunray Major looks most intriguing if he can take advantage of his Sandown respawn.

1st – Baaeed

2nd – Real World

3rd – Mother Earth


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