Baaeed – the best horse in the world – romps home in style at Royal Ascot


  • Unbeaten colt beats Real World by two lengths
  • Coroebus wins St James’s Palace Stakes to set up clash

There were probably a few latecomers still trying to park when Baaeed crossed the line in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday to cement his status as the world’s highest rated horse. No one, though, will want to miss his next start if, as seems likely, he takes on Coroebus, the winner of the afternoon’s St James’s Palace Stakes, in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next month.

Like Frankel in the same contest 10 years earlier, Baaeed opened the meeting with a ruthless defence of his unbeaten record at long odds-on. He travelled smoothly for Jim Crowley behind Real World, the second-favourite, before taking charge without resorting to the whip inside the final quarter-mile. He crossed the line nearly two lengths in front of Real World with Order Of Australia, the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, another four lengths behind in third.

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Written by Greg Wood at Ascot
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