glorious goodwood report from Friday

Baaeed made it four wins from four starts when trouncing his rivals in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes for trainer William Haggas and jockey Jim Crowley. Sent off the 2/5 favourite his jockey just had to sit there such was the ease of the win. His victorious trainer told reporters after the race, ‘Baaeed keeps doing it. People keep saying he is running good times. He’s just a good horse, he’s sound, healthy and fast. If you look at him, he’s a full-brother to Hukum who stays one mile six furlongs and looking at him, he looks like he is faster than his pedigree suggests. We will stay at a mile for now. Baaeed is in three races, the Jacques Le Marois, the Celebration Mile back here and the Moulin. I would like to run in two of them. He started life on June 7th and it is now July 31st. He has had four races and has been running in decent company against three-year-olds. It is time he took on the better ones in the bigger races. Whether we can go to the well again – because however easy they win, they have always had a race. We’ll see how he is. He’s in the races that he should be. I learnt today that Baaeed doesn’t need fast ground to be at his best. It confirmed that he is a good horse. I’m not for running them regularly but horses are bred to race.’

The Group Two King George Qatar Stakes was supposed to have been all about Battaash which was heavily backed and sent off the 2/1 favourite. He eventually finished seventh. Art Power was the one touted by shrewdies to beat the jolly should it not perform to his best. He returned 4/1 and finished eighth. Dragon Symbol was sent off second favourite and finished second behind the very impressive French raider 7/1 winner Suesa. Trained by Francois Rohaut and ridden by William Buick the filly won with something in hand. James Wigan, racing manager to owner George Strawbridge, is quoted as saying. ‘We thought Suesa was very good before Ascot. Then the rains came, and the ground was bottomless, and she just could not act on it. William looked after her then. What she did in France was very impressive before. We didn’t know what she’d be like against these, but we knew she was pretty good. There are not really any sprint races in France in the summer, so this was really the only place to come, but I was concerned about this rain. As for a run at York [in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes], it depends what she is like when she gets back. She’ll have had quite a lot of travelling, coming here and then going back, then coming again having already done Ascot. The Abbaye will be the obvious target. There is a very good chance she will stay in training next year as the owner is very much a sportsman. 

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