held off Sir Busker
to win the Paradise Stakes on his reappearance, and both will take up their entries in Saturday's main event at Newbury.
2022 Lockinge Stakes Tips
Baaeed is the one to beat in the mile division this season, much like last year's Lockinge winner, Palace Pier. If Baaeed is at the peak of his powers, he'll take plenty of beating on Saturday. Yet, William Haggas hasn't been particularly bullish in the build-up and the favourite offers little to no value at his current price.
Another aspect of this race which could pose a problem for Baaeed is the way it's likely to be run. Jim Crowley's mount relished being held up behind a fast early pace. Baaeed did his best work on the bridle, and didn't really need to produce a turn of foot to win any of his races.
Looking through the field that he faces on Saturday, there's no clear pace angle. All of the runners have done their best work when coming from off the pace.
Baaeed has been drawn up in stall three, with Alcohol Free and Mother Earth on either side. Generally, over a mile at Newbury, the field tends to stay down the center or drift down towards the stand's rail. If they did come stand's side, then those drawn high could be inconvenienced, especially if they're held up behind a slow early pace.
The more I look at this race, the more it seems like an excellent opportunity for Danny Tudhope to shine aboard REAL WORLD, who's been drawn nicely up in stall eight.
Saaeed bin Suroor's star burst onto the scene last year with a stunning front-running success in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. Real World was then happy to take a lead in the Steventon Stakes, Strensall Stakes and the Prix Daniel Wildstern, displaying a smart turn-of-foot to beat classy fields in all three of those pattern races.
Tudhope was in the saddle when Real World thrashed his rivals to win the Group Two Zabeel Mile out in Meydan in January. Bin Suroor then switched his five-year-old to dirt for both the Saudi Cup and the Dubai World Cup, but Real World failed to get involved in either of those races after failing to break quickly.
Returning to fast turf is a big plus for Real World, who produced one of the best performances of his career over ten furlongs here at Newbury. Tudhope may find himself with an uncontested lead in this year's Lockinge and Real World has proven on several occasions that he possesses a potent turn of foot, either over a mile or ten furlongs.