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From top-end handicapper to multiple Group 1 winner.
Addeybb has risen to the top and there are few horses in training as effective as him when the ground is soft. He’s no one-tricky pony but all those connected with him will admit that he’s in his element when the mud is flying.
Underfoot conditions were deep for QIPCO British Champions Day in 2019 and he beat all bar Magical in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, going down by three-quarters of a length.
The Pivotal gelding went one better in the 2020 renewal, when he beat top-class French challenger Skalleti by two and a quarter lengths under an exultant Tom Marquand. This time he had Magical back in third.
Earlier in the year, he and Marquand had combined to win two Group 1 prizes in Australia in the spring plus the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr.
Trainer William Haggas said after Addeybb’s Champion Stakes victory: “He is a marvellous horse and was really up for it today. He is tough, he loves the ground and loves it here.
“He has been absolutely fantastic. Since he won the Wolferton last year and we put the cheekpieces on, he has just been so consistent. He was really on it today. He looked fantastic beforehand, we thought, but he was grumpy and difficult to saddle, which is a good sign for him. He has such a marvellous nature and this is tailor-made for him. We all know that he loves this ground.
“The filly [Verry Elleegant] that he beat in both his Group 1 races in Australia won the Caulfield Cup today, beating Anthony Van Dyck, so they were smart performances, but he had never won a Group 1 in England. He had been second a few times, so that for us is the great joy – we have finally won a championship race with such a good horse.”
He added: “It has been quite interesting. I said after six-year-old One Master won the Foret for a third time that, if you can keep them happy, sound and not abuse them when they are young, they will reward you when they are older. I think that was his best-ever performance at the age of six.
“He is great at home and Safid, who rides him every day, said this morning that he would win and that he was really on form. I personally couldn’t see Magical being beaten, because I thought she beat us comprehensively last year, not by very far, and I was frightened that the ground had dried a bit too much today. But it’s pretty horrible and he loves it when it’s horrible.
Marquand said: “What a credit to Safid [Alam], William and Maureen and the whole team at home. He has gone to Australia, conquered down under and now he’s come back up, he deserved that Group 1 up here so much because all he’s done is knock on the door, show he’s a champion and he’s never got his real swansong today, but today’s he’s got it.
“He travelled like a true good horse throughout the race and to be honest when I started getting going, I just bombed the straight. It is remarkable, I’ve never ridden a horse like him. He goes over ground that’s as bad as you can get and he makes it feel like you are on quick ground. That is why he’s so good on it.
Addeybb indicated he had big days in him when cruising to victory in the 2018 Lincoln on heavy ground, winning at the main expense of Lord Glitters. He followed up in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown but it was in 2020 that he truly came of age.