Jim Crowley: “Baaeed is so exciting, I’m really looking forward to this”
Coral ambassador previews his Sunday ride at Longchamp
The shape of Sunday’s Prix du Moulin changed dramatically when Poetic Flare wasn’t declared for the race and that left Baaeed as a red-hot favourite for what is obviously his first crack at a Group 1.
I was disappointed Jim Bolger’s Guineas winner wasn’t left in as, firstly, I’m sure he’d have set a good pace for us to aim at and, secondly, his presence would have set the standard, so consistent has he been this season.
Even without Poetic Flare, this will be a proper test as Snow Lantern, Order Of Australia and Victor Ludorum have all won at the top level, something my fellow needs to prove he can do.
To be honest, it’s not difficult to pick holes in the form of his last two wins, the beaten horses from Goodwood have not done much to boost the form.
But the reality is he’s won his races so easily I’ve not had to get after him yet and his time at Goodwood was very good, it was a win that would have put him in the mix for the Sussex Stakes at that meeting.
I’ve been so impressed by his progress this season, he’s bred to get further and in time I’m sure he will, but he has so much pace, for now a mile is perfect.
We’re drawn well in four, Order Of Australia will give us a lead into the race I hope and as long as Baaeed travels over to France well, this does look an excellent opportunity for him to go for a Group 1 victory.
If he runs to the same level he did at Goodwood, he’s going to be bang there, he’s so exciting and I’m really looking forward to it, Group 1 winners are what we’re all after in this game.