Haggas sets sights on Australia with Addeybb

Champion Stakes runner-up chasing elusive Group One victory.

  • Tuesday 31 December
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William Haggas is preparing Addeybb for a trip to Sydney and the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Randwick in April.

The Newmarket trainer is hoping the Pivotal gelding can earn that elusive triumph at the top level, after going close when second to Magical in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October on his third attempt in elite company.

“He’s in work and we’re hoping to go to Sydney with him for the QEII in April,” Haggas told Sky Sports Racing.

“I’ll try him over a mile and a half one day, definitely this year. He needs cut in the ground. He’s a very useful horse, but not a Group One horse yet.”

A horse proven in Group Ones is One Master, whose long-term target is again the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October, which she has won for the last two seasons.

“She’s back and, as I said last year, her race will be the Foret and she’ll try over a mile,” he said.

“I think a mile is more appropriate than six furlongs at this stage, but there are few races for her to compete in. The Lennox and the Hungerford are the two over seven, so there’s not much.

“I’ll put her in the Lockinge. If you look at the Queen Anne, where she was third, she travelled like the winner for most of the way. It was just the last half-furlong, so I think that’s better for her.”

Haggas feels the best is yet to come from Skardu, who was not disgraced at the highest level after winning the Craven Stakes at Newmarket.

Third in the 2000 Guineas and fourth in the Irish version, as well as in the St James’s Palace Stakes, Skardu occupied the same position in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood on his only other start of 2019.

“He’s fine. He’s dong very well at the moment. He’s a big horse now. I don’t think he was at his best at Goodwood,” said Haggas.

“I’d prefer to remember what he was doing in the spring when he was third in the Guineas and fourth in the Irish Guineas. I think he’s got more to offer.”

In the more immediate future, Haggas expects a big run from Pablo Escobarr in the Dubai Racing Club Classic at Meydan on Thursday.

“He should go very well. He’s drawn six, which should be perfect for him,” he said.

The Galileo colt warmed up for the Listed Handicap with victory at Kempton four weeks ago.

Haggas sets sights on Australia with Addeybb
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