A homebred son of New Approach from Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate, Baashiq built on his promising course fourth earlier in the month when getting the better of newcomer Maghfoor after a protracted dual inside the final quarter mile.
Ridden by Paul Hanagan, Baashiq relished the step up from seven furlongs to a mile, breaking well from the stalls and establishing an early lead before showing toughness and resilience at the business end of the race as the front two pulled clear of a highly-touted sort in third.
From the further family of Sheema Classic and Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner Nayef, Baashiq looks set to blossom when faced with a stiffer test of stamina as a three-year-old.
Roger said: “Baashiq shaped well on debut and he put that experience to good use here, appreciating the step up in trip. I think the form of both of his starts is good and he is bred to improve with time. He looks a talented prospect.”