Addeybb Return Set After Surviving Severe Health Scare

Globetrotting star Addeybb who was ruled out of a third successful trip to Australia this spring due to a life-threatening infected blood clot, has recently returned to action on the Newmarket gallops and could be back racing as early as next month.

Trainer William Haggas endured some worrying weeks last November when Addeybb spent two weeks at the Newmarket Equine Hospital enduring treatment on his hock, not long after competing in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1).

Now an 8-year-old, Addeybb would currently be in Australia were it not for his injury but Haggas is hoping to have the multiple group 1 winner back in action at Sandown next month with an eye to running him at Royal Ascot in June.

Haggas said: “Thankfully, Addeybb has recovered from his issues and has been cantering away on the Al Bahathri Polytrack of late. He was in a bad way for a while and marks full to the vets who did a marvelous job with him. a long road back but I’m happy with him going forward into the 2022 season.”

In a perfect world, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum’s gelding would have attempted a third successive win in the April 9th ​​Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Randwick, which this year was won by 40-1 outsider Think It Over with old adversary Verry Ellegant only fifth.

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All being well, Addeybb will now make his course reappearance in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) at Sandown May 26.

Haggas said: “The plan would be to run him back at Sandown in the group 3 where he would be well in as he has now lost all his group 1 penalties. If he were to win that we would head to Royal Ascot and have another crack at the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1).”

Addeybb, who finished second to Lord North in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (G1) in 2020, has racked up over £3.5 million (US$4,629,577) in prize money during his career which has yielded six group race wins, four at the top level.

The son of Pivotal was bred in Ireland by Rabbah Bloodstock Limited and has added four group 1 accolades to his CV in the Ranvet Stakes (G1) at Rosehill, Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Randwick, the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in 2020; and last season the Longines Queen Elizabeth again. Shadwell has campaigned the stayer over the past seven years after initially purchasing the gelding in 2015 at the Tattersalls October Yearling Book 2 Sale for $321,930 from the Genesis Green Stud banner.

Haggas also revealed an Ascot plan B up his sleeve: “If Addeybb doesn’t win at Sandown then he could instead go for the listed Wolferton Stakes, which is a race he won in 2019.”

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