Addeybb delivers Queen Elizabeth gold for Haggas

British runner takes Group One prize at Randwick.

  • Saturday 11 April
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Addeybb claimed an impressive victory in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

William Haggas’ runner struck Group One gold under Tom Marquand in the Ranvet Stakes last month and he added another top-level success as he saw off Verry Elleegant and Japanese raider Danon Premium in style.

Addeybb and Marquand were leading the field turning into the straight, with Danon Premium making his bid for glory around a furlong and a half out.

It briefly looked as though Danon Premium could grab the 10-furlong prize, but Addeybb seemed to have plenty in reserve and when Marquand gave the signal, he found another gear.

Addeybb stretched clear inside the distance, with Marquand easing down just before the line.

Verry Elleegant, who was second in the Ranvet, again took the runner-up honours, with Danon Premium third.

Haggas’ assistant Harry Eustace told Sky Racing: “I’m thrilled. It’s a lot of time and effort that goes into a win like this from everyone back home, Safid who rides him every day, and Tom, who’s been an absolute peach. It’s fantastic.

“If we’d have had more rain, he’d have won by further I’d say

“Since June last year he (Haggas) thought he was the right horse, getting the soft ground, to come down here to the Championships – to pull it off is fantastic.

“If we’d have had more rain, he’d have won by further I’d say. (I didn’t expect him to win by) that far, it was such a deep field and I thought it would be a real nail-biter to the finish.

“When he kicked clear turning in, he ran all the way to the line in the Ranvet and he was going to do the same here today. It was an easy watch the last 50 (metres), but we had a bit of a shout before then.”

Marquand said: “What a tough, straightforward, genuine horse. He just switches off, knows when to turn it on and he just drops his head and runs for you – you don’t even have to ask him.

“It’s an honour to ride a horse like that and for William Haggas and (owner) Sheikh Ahmed (al Maktoum) to keep me on him is just pretty mind-blowing.

“He goes through that ground as if it’s not even there – I guess that’s just one of his main attributes and shows how tough he is, because he just doesn’t care and runs straight over the top of it.

“Today travelling round, there was never a moment when I thought I wasn’t going to pick up – I guess it was just how much the Japanese horse found and everyone else.

“To come down here and win the Queen Elizabeth on an English horse for someone who has given me a lot of support, at a time that’s been tough for English racing, it could not mean more”

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