ATHIRD successive trip to Australia for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is off the agenda for Sheikh Ahmed’s superstar Addeybb who has suffered a setback that has ruled him out of the trip. Trained by William Haggas, the very useful 7yo multiple Group One winner suffered a blood clot on his hock that became infected and warranted Addeybb spending two weeks in an equine hospital.
He is now back with Haggas in Newmarket to complete his recovery. The trainer expects Addeybb, a gelded son of Pivotal, to race next season, but he will not be ready to head to Australia in February. Addeybb has had a successful time the last two years there, winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick twice and finishing first and second in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill.
He also won the 2020 Champion Stakes on home soil at Ascot when he relished his favoured soft ground. Haggas said: “He came home from the vets a few days ago and the bloods we’ve taken from him since indicate he’s going the right way.but that’s going to scupper him going to Australia. He won’t be able to leave England next February.
“His infection markers have improved, we’re not out of the woods, but I think we’re making good headway. “Those sort of things can be nasty and it’s good he’s getting better. When I first went to see him I thought he looked dreadful. To my eye he looked like he had lost 50 kilos in a week. When I spoke to his owner I said there is a strong chance that he may not race again.
“I’m not saying he was never going to live but these things can go badly wrong. He looks a lot brighter now. I think and hope we are over the worst. “I very much hope he’ll be OK for next season. He owes us absolutely nothing and we won’t take any risks with him. “From an Australian point of view this is a bad time, but from any other point of view it’s a good time to have a bit of a setback.
“Hopefully in the next fortnight we can turn him away in a paddock for a break, but we’ll have to give Australia a miss this time.”