William Haggas eager to tackle Irish Champion date with Addeybb

Lincoln winner in the frame for Group One assignment at Leopardstown

  • Tuesday 04 September
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William Haggas would love to run Addeybb in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes if the ground is soft enough.

After turning the Lincoln at Doncaster into a procession in March, he won a Group Two at Sandown but has not been seen since finishing down the field in the Lockinge on fast ground in May.

“It all depends on the weather, obviously,” said Haggas.

“He’s in the Champion Stakes or the QEII (at Ascot) and if the ground is as soft as it has been for most of the time (for that meeting), then he will go there.

“I really fancy having a go at the Irish Champion and that would be my principal target at the moment. He’s also in a Group Two (Boomerang Stakes) over a mile there.

“The Irish Champion is going to be a very strong race on fast ground, but I think it might not as deep on soft ground so I really fancy that.

“I want to get him up to a mile and a quarter, especially to know whether to go Champion or QEII.

“He’s well entered up and as soon as we get rain, he’ll be running.”

Urban Fox is set to rack up the miles with the Pretty Polly winner having options in France, Hong Kong and Japan.

“I’m not really sure where we take her. I think probably the Prix de l’Opera, but we’re looking at international options in Hong Kong and Japan so we’re not in a great rush,” Haggas told At The Races.

“She won’t run the weekend after next. There’s nothing really for her in France and I took her out of the Blandford as I didn’t see the point in going for a Group Two.

“We have a few decisions to make, whether to keep her in training next year or retire her and I think if we decide to call it a day with her, I think she’ll end up in Japan, possibly Hong Kong and who knows what after that.

“She’s a very useful filly, she likes top of the ground, I think. She was mugged in France. I was very disappointed at the time, but I think the winner (Nonza) is not a bad filly and she goes to the Opera, as does Wild Illusion, so it won’t be straightforward, but she’s at the top table at the moment.”

William Haggas eager to tackle Irish Champion date with Addeybb
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