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Figgis
14 May 22 14:40
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Last year I doubted Baaeed was as good as some people were saying. I backed Palace Pier against him in the QE2 and got my fingers burned. On that piece of form it's virtually impossible to see him beaten here. However, at this kind of price in a Gp1 I want a horse to prove it can run a proper Gp1 speed figure. After the QE2 result I fully expected Baaeed to have qualified but I still couldn't get him higher than a solid Gp2 performance on the clock. That isn't to say he isn't still capable of a better one. With Crowley producing him late in his races it's entirely possible he has only done enough to win and can run faster if needed. Also, Haggas is a trainer who I normally associate doing better with maturer horses, and if Baaeed makes just normal improvement then I don't believe he'll be beaten today. Added to that, for me, this looks a very weak renewal as far as strength in depth goes.

So that said, there doesn't look too many reasons to oppose him. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if he's improved from 3 to 4 and on last year's form there is one horse in the field I think can give him a race. Real World ran a figure at Royal Ascot that told me he was up to winning a solid Gp2 event, which he went on to do after winning lesser events easily. He ran poorly on the dirt earlier this year and there's no proof yet that he'll be the same horse this season back on turf. At this price I'm willing to take that risk. I don't bet each way too often but think he's worth a win and place here.
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Report A_T May 14, 2022 3:11 PM BST
I don't know about a weak renewal - there's 3 G1 winners
Report Figgis May 14, 2022 3:21 PM BST
Yes, but personally I don't have the fillies, on last season's form, up to beating the colts in a normal Gp1. Yes I know Alcohol Free already has, but for me her main opposition were below par.
Report penzance May 14, 2022 3:36 PM BST
Put that race to bed easily enough.
Report A_T May 14, 2022 3:36 PM BST
not sure what you expect to be running in a Lockinge - a races for older horses only - when most good 3yos are retired

anyway a brilliant performance from Baaeed
Report Figgis May 14, 2022 3:44 PM BST
I meant I could only see one horse, Real World, worth a place bet in the race. Personally I wouldn't have backed Chindit. Baaeed was impressive though and no doubt he's even better as a 4yo.
Report brandyontherocks May 14, 2022 3:54 PM BST
Hopefully he gets to race against the classic generation at Goodwood.
Report Try My Best May 14, 2022 4:51 PM BST
Winner could have lapped them.
Report roadrunner46 May 14, 2022 9:20 PM BST
won easily, interesting the eshaada race, looked from betting not much confidence, first two made it difficult to pinpoint the winner , know money came for scope, the london gold cup that was a well bred winner, didnt realize at time
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