Baaeed continued his meteoric rise as he stayed unbeaten with a decisive victory on his Group One debut in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
William Haggas' colt took the measure of top-level opposition at his first attempt, extending his winning sequence to five in a career which only began in a Leicester maiden in June.
Jim Crowley had Shadwell’s son of Sea The Stars in touch in a field of six, as outsider Novemba still led by five lengths into the straight – having been rushed to the front, after missing the break.
Baaeed was moving well, however, and confirmed he had matters in hand, taking over two furlongs out and proving too strong in the finish to win by a length and a quarter as the PMU 1-2 favourite (4-11F industry SP) from Aidan O’Brien’s Breeders’ Cup winner Order Of Australia.
A delighted Haggas was winning this race for the second time, after Aqlaam struck in the same colours in 2009.
The Newmarket trainer was not in attendance, but having watched the race on television, he sensed that Baaeed was perhaps a little fresh for his first start in more than five weeks.
He said: "It was a funny, complicated race for him because he got into a nice position and then the German horse (Novemba) came round and set him alight.
"He was a bit wide. He and Snow Lantern were both a bit free in third and fourth.
"But once he settled down, I liked the way he did it.
"He actually raced, for me, a bit fresh. He just looked pleased to be out, so that will have done him a lot of good.
"He’s won, which is the most important thing, and we’re delighted. We’ll celebrate."
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Baaeed was very busy with four mid-summer runs and Haggas agreed it is remarkable how far the three-year-old has come in such a short space of time.
He said: "Absolutely – he’s had a while since his last run.
"He hasn’t run for five weeks. I think he thought his season was over!
"He’d run quite a few times before that. But he just looked a bit pleased to be out. He was enthusiastic to post, and he raced more keenly than he has so far this year.
"But he’ll be fine. He’s a charming horse, and a good one – a fast one, too."
Haggas confirmed that the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot will be his end-of-season target, as long as he is showing the right signs on his return from France.
"If he runs again, that’ll be the race he’ll run in," he said.
"But we’ll see about that, we’ll see how he is."