Baaeed will face six rivals as he steps up in distance for Wednesday’s Juddmonte Worldwide Stakes at York.
The William Haggas-trained four-year-old is unbeaten in 9 runs thus far, racking up Group One triumphs on his final 5 begins with all these runs coming over a mile.
He tackles 10 furlongs for the primary time on the Knavesmire and can rely defending champion Mishriff amongst his challengers.
John and Thady Gosden’s cost hacked up by six lengths within the race final yr, however has didn’t strike in 4 subsequent runs, most not too long ago coming house a distant third within the King George at Ascot.
Haggas is effectively conscious of Mishriff’s credentials, however is raring to check his steady star in an occasion that’s a part of the Qipco British Champions Sequence forward of his seemingly retirement on the finish of the yr.
He mentioned: “I am wanting ahead to it. We have all the time felt he’d be higher over additional, however we have just a few folks emailing us and casting doubt on whether or not we ought to be doing it. However Sheikha Hissa is up for the problem and I feel it will be remiss of us to not give it a go.
“There’s nothing I can do concerning the competitors on the day, and if the Mishriff of final yr involves York in the identical kind he’ll be extremely tough to beat, as he was unbelievably spectacular that day.
“Mishriff ran a really, excellent race within the Eclipse and somewhat little bit of a lacklustre race within the King George, so who is aware of which one will flip up. However he’ll be a hazard, as will a number of others.”
Haggas’ Alenquer was second to Mishriff final yr and he tries his luck once more with the coach having a 3rd string to his bow in Dubai Honour, who was edged out by the reopposing Sir Busker at York final month.
Native Path, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, represents Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin staff after ending a close-up third within the Eclipse on his first strive at 10 furlongs, whereas Aidan O’Brien fields Excessive Definition, who’s looking for a primary win in almost two years.
Appleby’s four-time winner Secret State heads six for the Sky Wager Nice Voltigeur Stakes, taking a step up from handicap degree to sort out this Group Two trial for the St Leger. He will likely be joined by stablemate and Bahrain Trophy third Stroll Of Stars.
James Ferguson can also be doubled handed with Deauville Legend, winner of the Bahrain Trophy and second within the Gordon Stakes, and juvenile Group One winner El Bodegon.
O’Brien’s Aikhal and the Charlie Fellowes-trained Grand Alliance full the sector.
9 runners sort out the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes, with Chaldean, Hectic and Native Dynasty key names.