Baaeed ensured Royal Ascot 2022 started with a bang as he produced another dominant display in the curtain-raising Queen Anne Stakes.

Unbeaten in seven previous starts and so impressive on his seasonal reappearance in the Lockinge at Newbury last month, the William Haggas-trained four-year-old was sent off the 1-6 favourite under Jim Crowley.

Always travelling powerfully over the straight mile, the Sea The Stars colt quickened smartly two furlongs out and soon stamped his authority on the Group One contest as he kicked comfortably clear.

Baaeed only had to be pushed out hands and heels in the closing stages to score by a length and three-quarters, with the front-running Real World a clear second, just as he was in the Lockinge.

Haggas was a relieved man afterwards – and pointed towards York's Juddmonte International in August for an eagerly-awaited step to a mile and quarter.

He said: "He won nicely, he didn’t really do a lot really.

"He looked like he tracked the right horse, the other horse ran well actually, but I don’t think he was extended fully.

"You can’t learn anything from that, he travels well and settles well and that’s pretty important if you’re going up in trip.

"I’ll speak to Sheikha Hissa and Angus (Gold, racing manager), but I think we are all keen to give it (stepping up in trip) a go and that will be at York and there’s potentially Goodwood (Sussex Stakes) in the meantime.

"He’s obviously a good miler and he’s bred to get further so I think we’d like to try and I think it would be remiss of us not too. It would be the easy option to stay at a mile."

He went on: "It’s great because he is now doing it regularly in Group One races. It is exciting, I haven’t really seen it properly, but he didn’t really look like he was extended today. I had done 6,000 steps by six o’clock this morning – my doctor will be thrilled with me.

"I do feel a little bit of pressure, but I’m a bit more relaxed now.

"If everyone enjoys him, it’s great. We are very lucky to have him. We will possibly go to the Sussex Stakes, possibly."

Crowley added: "I just let him stretch out for the last furlong of the race. It was like clockwork.

"It’s the pinnacle. You spend your whole life waiting for a horse like this to come along. Everyone says to enjoy it, but there is a lot of pressure. But I love it and I enjoy it. It’s why we do it. Sheikh Hamdan would be looking down smiling and I’m so pleased that Sheikha Hissa is here today.

"William and Maureen Haggas have done an unbelievable job with him and it is a pleasure to get on him and do the steering."