Haggas hoping for wet autumn in Sydney

  • Haggas hoping for wet autumn in Sydney

ROYAL ASCOT winner Addeybb is set for a campaign in Australia during Sydney’s lucrative Autumn Racing Carnival starting next month, their trainer, William Haggas, has revealed. Campaigned on behalf of Sheikh Ahmed, Addeybb, a 6yo gelded son of Pivotal has only had 15 career starts and has proved highly progressive. Victorious in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in March 2018, beating subsequent Group One winner Lord Glitters over the straight mile, he followed that with a smooth success in the Group 2 Sandown Mile. At Royal Ascot last year he added the 1m2f Listed Wolferton Stakes to his tally and finished the campaign, at Haydock, by landing the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes over an extended 1m2f on heavy ground.

The carnival features six weeks of racing at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick between 14 March and 18 April, with Haggas hoping he will have the chance to run twice before returning to Britain to continue his campaign. “The plan is for Addeybb to run in the Ranvet Stakes on 21 March, which is a Group One over 1m2f at Rosehill, and then go for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on 11 April, which is also a 1m2f Group One but at Randwick,” said Haggas. Assistant trainer Harry Eustace, whose brother David trains in partnership with Ciaron Maher in Melbourne, will oversee the horse on a trip Haggas has been contemplating ‘for a while’. Tom Marquand, who returned to Britain only last week from a successful winter stint in Australia, will return to ride for Haggas on 21 March, although no further riding plans have been finalised.

Haggas said: “Tom is going to ride at Rosehill because he has a ride in the Golden Slipper on the same card. The horse will go into quarantine for two weeks when he arrivea at Canterbury Racecourse, where he will be based for the trip. “The huge worry is the travel; Addeybb has done trips on aeroplanes but nothing like this. He has to get through the first week in good shape and take to it. That’s the risk but we’ve all decided it’s a risk worth taking. “The ground is a worry for Addeybb but every time I watch the championships from Sydney it’s run on soft ground so I’m hoping it rains.”

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    HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum