Horse Racing: Baaeed should be in the mix for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot

Our racing boffins also believe you should watch out for Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Triple success for Atzeni at Haydock

Andrea Atzeni enjoyed a memorable afternoon at Haydock on Saturday with three winners, including Emaraaty Ana in the Sprint Cup.

Admittedly, Emaraaty Ana probably won’t be remembered as a vintage winner of that Group 1 – he achieved the lowest rating in the race since African Rose won the rescheduled version at Doncaster back in 2008 – but it was still an important occasion for Atzeni and trainer Kevin Ryan.

For context, Atzeni was riding his first Group 1 winner in Britain since Defoe won the Coronation Cup in May 2019, while Ryan deserves plenty of credit for getting Emaraaty Ana back on track after he appeared to have lost his way earlier this season.

Atzeni and Ryan also teamed up to win the Listed Ascendant Stakes with Triple Time, who will be well worth his place at a higher level after showing a cracking attitude to upset the favourite.

Interestingly, Triple Time is yet another fine advert for his dam Reem Three, who has now produced five different horses to have won at Listed level or above. Ajman Princess (Group 1 winner), Ostilio (Group 2 winner), Cape Byron (Group 3 winner) and Third Realm (listed winner) complete that illustrious list.

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Golden family for The Queen

Speaking of rich bloodlines, Chalk Stream ran out an impressive winner of the Lavazza Stakes at Ascot on Saturday to give another boost to his dam Golden Stream, who is proving to be a very valuable asset to her owner The Queen.

Golden Stream’s first three foals were nothing to write home about (though Mainstream did show borderline smart form), but her stock has risen in recent weeks thanks to the exploits of the three-year-old Chalk Stream and the two-year-old Reach For The Moon.

Chalk Stream was completing a hat-trick at Ascot, and he must be considered one of the most progressive horses in training after this performance, showing smart form to defy a BHA mark of 94 by nearly five lengths. On this evidence, he looks a pattern performer in the making for 2022.

Reach For The Moon, on the other hand, could have even bigger aspirations next season, with The Derby already being mentioned as a possible target in the year of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Reach For The Moon The Derby (Antepost)

An easy winner of last month’s Solario Stakes at Sandown, Reach For The Moon will attempt to underline his status as one the most exciting two-year-olds in training when he lines up in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.

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Baaeed makes the breakthrough at the top level

Hukum was turned over at very short odds in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday but, fast forward the clock 24 hours, his brother quickly Baaeed restored family honour with a first Group 1 success in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Unbeaten in four starts in lesser company before heading to France, Baaeed probably didn’t need to improve on his previous efforts to make it five-from-five on Sunday – especially as he was already rated higher than the pair who followed him home, Order of Australia and Victor Ludorum.

There was still plenty to like about the manner of his victory, though, having to work harder this time but just pushed out in the end to pass the post with ears pricked. Baaeed’s achievements are particularly impressive when you consider that he only made his debut in June, creating an excellent visual impression as he demolished inferior rivals along the way.

Clearly a high-class miler, Palace Pier and Poetic Flare are still above Baaeed in the pecking order on Timeform ratings, but there is still time for him to change that in a race such as the QEII at Ascot on Champions Day.

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Baaeed Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Antepost)

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