Sir Mark Prescott would like William Haggas to ‘stick to his guns’ with Baaeed

While calls for Baaeed to compete in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are growing louder, one man who would be delighted if racing’s newest superstar stayed at home would be Sir Mark Prescott, the alpinista as in good Condition and on course for Paris reports after their success in the Yorkshire Oaks.

The daughter of Frankel promoted her entire class as she extended her winning streak to seven at the Knavesmire and dug deep to hold off Tuesday’s Oaks winner.

It was also her fifth straight win at Group 1 level and all roads now lead to the French capital on October 2, where the five-year-old has a best record of 7/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes to give Prescott a famous victory in Europe’s richest middle-distance competition.

Only four of the Arc’s last 10 heats have come on ground described as good, but the Heath House handler believes the quicker the conditions the better for his charge, while he’ll also be happy to cheer for Baaeed in the Champion Stakes at Ascot if That means he won’t be anywhere near the 16th arrondissement for the first weekend in October.

He said Sky Sports Racing: “She is fine, she came through the race very well and the plan, if everything is ok, is that we go to the Arc.

“I would choose fast terrain as I think that favors fewer horses. I think there are fewer horses that want the fast ground.

“I would like Mr Haggas to decide to stick to his guns and compete in the races he initially aimed Baaeed at – I think that would be a huge help. And not too much rain, but she’s tactically versatile and I don’t suppose you want to run in the arc, but she’s tactically versatile.”

Prescott was also keen to praise his longtime jockey Luke Morris, who has been aboard Alpinista at every opportunity since the start of their winning streak.

“Firstly he is a very nice man, secondly he is very tough, thirdly he is very professional and fourthly he has never been afraid and he is a good judge,” he added.

“His style is unattractive on the finish, (but) he’s effective and as you’ve seen our horses have run a sequence and they’re coming back well from his rides and as he’s shown so far in Group 1 company he’s doing not too many mistakes – you wouldn’t get fat with his mistakes.”

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