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Baaeed ridden by Jim Crowley on their way to winning the Queen Anne Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Baaeed ridden by Jim Crowley on their way to winning the Queen Anne Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Baaeed ridden by Jim Crowley on their way to winning the Queen Anne Stakes during day one of Royal Ascot. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Baaeed maintained his flawless record with a scintillating display as William Haggas’ superstar made it eight from eight when turning the Group One Queen Anne Stakes into a procession as Royal Ascot kicked off.

Jim Crowley was practically motionless throughout as the 1/6 favourite breezed home by a length-and-three-quarters from Real World (15/2) to leave him feeling like he’d spent the day at the carnival.

“It doesn’t get any easier than that,” Crowley said. “The only way to explain it is like when you go to the funfair and you’re waiting in a queue for a fast ride, that’s the feeling you get before. It’s just a buzz. Once you’re on him and away, it’s great.

“I was always in control. It’s a long season and there was no need to go and do it by 10 lengths. Sterner tests await and we’ll keep testing him.”

Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia (18/1) was back in third on a frustrating day for the Irish raiders as Australian speedster Nature Strip (9/4) blew away the field in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes for Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald.

Charlie Appleby’s English 2,000 Guineas hero Coroebus (10/11 favourite) wasn’t at his best, yet still got the job done by a head under William Buick in a blanket finish to the St James’s Palace Stakes but the Irish will be hoping for better today.

While much attention will be on Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3.40) after reeling off five victories in succession, State Of Rest may be the one to cause a bit of a surprise.

Joseph O’Brien’s four-year-old has proven himself at international level with Group One victories in Australia, America and France and Shane Crosse’s mount can make amends in the €1.25million contest after getting going too late when third in last month’s Tattersalls Gold Cup.

O’Brien also saddles a pair of contenders in the finale (6.10) with Haziya carrying hopes under Mikey Sheehy while his father Aidan has dominated the Group Two Queen’s Vase (3.05) with five recent wins.

He relies on Anchorage while Fozzy Stack sends over impressive Tipperary winner Ruler Legend with Jamie Spencer in the plate, but Little Big Bear looks a more like winner for the Ballydoyle maestro in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes (5.35).

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The elder O’Brien also saddles Mother Earth, last year’s English 1,000 Guineas heroine, in the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (4.20) while Gary Carroll hopes to strike gold in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes (2.30) in successive years.

Carroll, who prevailed last year aboard Quick Suzy, gets the leg up on David Marnane’s recent Tipperary winner Lady Tilbury while Michael O’Callaghan is aiming high with Olivia Maralda as she tries to break her maiden in her third run.


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