Queen Anne Stakes tips and runner-by-runner guide as Baaeed faces 6 in Tuesday’s 2.30 at Ascot

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Baaeed, one of the best horses on the planet, opens the show at Royal Ascot 2022 as he meets six rivals in the Queen Anne Stakes at 2.30pm on Tuesday.

The four-year-old is bidding to extend his unbeaten career record to eight a year on from winning his maiden at Leicester. William Haggas’ charge already boasts course-and-distance form after beating Palace Pier to the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last October.

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Real World, Chindit and Sir Busker reoppose from last month’s Lockinge Stakes while Order Of Australia lost to Baaeed in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp last year. Accidental Agent, who won this in 2018, and Lights On, the only mare declared, complete the field.

Generous Uncle Paddy’s dipping into his pocket to dish out a free £/€5 bet to every Paddy Power customer to spend on the Queen Anne Stakes. To help you size things up, you’ll find a runner-by-runner guide and tips from our horse racing experts below.

Queen Anne Stakes runners

Accidental Agent

Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton Jockey: Charles Bishop Age: 8 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 7

Surprise winner of this in 2018 and took his chance in the next 3 renewals, beaten over 5 lengths when seventh 12 months ago. Not the easiest to predict nowadays but returned with 7f handicap win at Newmarket and backed that up with excellent second off top weight in Victoria Cup (7f) here.

Baaeed

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 4

Top-class colt who won all 6 of his starts last season, notably the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over C&D. Better than ever when stretching his unbeaten record to 7 in Lockinge at Newbury on return and this looks a penalty kick for him.

Chindit

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Pat Dobbs Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 5

Smart colt who resumed with comfortable win in 1m listed race at Doncaster. Backed that up with a very good third of 9 to Baaeed and Real World in Lockinge Stakes (20/1) at Newbury but little reason to think he can beat them here.

Order Of Australia

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 5 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 6

Tough, prominent runner who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile as a 3-y-o. Group 2 win at the Curragh was his only success last season but was placed in a couple of Group 1s in France. Beaten 6 lengths in this on his return last year. Off 8 months. Tongue strap on 1st time.

Real World

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Daniel Tudhope Age: 5 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 1

High-class horse who made it 5 wins on the bounce in Group 2 at Meydan in January. Struggled on the dirt next 2 starts but was back to his best switched to the turf when 3¼ lengths second to Baaeed in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, albeit no match for the winner. Can follow him home again.

Sir Busker

Trainer: William Knight Jockey: William Buick Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 3

Winless since the Silver Hunt Cup over C&D 2 years ago but produced a career best when third in this 12 months ago. Ran as well as expected when 6¼ lengths fifth of 9 to Baaeed in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last time. Firmly up against it again.

Lights On

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 5 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 2

Produced a smart effort to bolt up in Pontefract listed event (1m, soft) last summer and returned better than ever when a narrow but rather fortunate winner of a Group 2 at Sandown (1m) in April. Much more on her plate now, however.

Queen Anne Stakes tips

Matt Chapman: BAAEED is the highest rated horse in the world and the opposition is weak so it’s clear to most that he will win bar an accident for William Haggas and Jim Crowley. If there has been eight runners I would have searched for an each way angle but with just seven the best advise is to use Baaeed for other doubles and trebles. He should hack up as we all know.

Rory Delargy: BAAEED is almost unbackable, and the sensible bet is the forecast to beat Real World, as he did in the Lockinge. The latter was meeting his first defeat on turf there, and is better than the others.

Mick Fitzgerald: The unbeaten BAAEED will be a long odds-on favourite and form the first legs of many multiples. It is very hard to get away from his star quality. He has quite a lot in hand of some of the others and it is a case of trying to find something to finish second to him in Paddy’s betting without market. Ballydoyle’s Order Of Australia didn’t finish too far behind Baaeed at Longchamp and a price is a good selection to be second to the wonder horse.

Timeform: BAAEED extended his unbeaten run with no difficulty when slamming Real World by 3¼ lengths in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on his return last month, producing the sort of performance rarely seen at this trip in Britain since the days of Frankel, so he’s very hard to a oppose in a race of similar quality. Real World can follow the selection home again, with Order of Australia best of the others.

Ruby Walsh: I’d be tempted to use the free Paddy Power bet to get a return on BAAEED, and move on. There’s only seven runners now and could be a replay of the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury when Baaeed beat Real World. Baaeed will beat Real World, and Chindit could be third.

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