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ADDEYBB can add yet another big prize to his already illustrious record by winning the £600,000 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on Saturday.
The William Haggas-trained seven-year-old is set to have his first run since returning from Australia where he secured his second straight win in the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse in April.
The back-to-back wins in the valuable 10-furlong contest bookended three runs in the UK in 2020 that included winning the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
Addeybb has shown a preference for ease in the ground and Haggas withdrew his charge from the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot due to the fast ground and is keen to run at Sandown where the ground is currently good to soft.
“He’s fine and he’s ready to race,” Haggas said. “We’ve had this in mind since he got back from Australia so we’re pleased to be there.
“He’s quite durable, but the ground on both occasions in Australia was not as soft as he’d like.
“He ran on good to firm and a soft five which is on the slow side of good, if that. He never got heavy ground and subsequently he had to fight harder, certainly in the second one (Queen Elizabeth), than he did the previous year.
“I don’t know yet whether he’s just losing it a bit or whether it was simply the ground. We know that soft ground is for him and better ground he’s not quite effective on, but he’s still pretty good,” Haggas told Sky Sports Racing.
“I’d be pretty loath to take him out because he needs to race. You can’t keep practising on the Newmarket Heath and in the nets and not get out in the middle. He needs a run.
“My forecast says there’s a chance of rain on Friday and on Saturday, [my wife] Maureen’s forecaster says the opposite so who knows, but what will be will be.”
“This is what this race is all about, it’s the clash of the generations,” he added
“Here you’ve got a really top-class speedier three-year-old (St Mark’s Basilica) who’s won two Classics and won the Dewhurst last year, so he’s obviously a very good horse.
“You’ve got Mishriff, who won a French Derby and really excelled in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, and then our fella who keeps battling away and bashing away. He’s as reliable a yardstick as you can get.
“If the ground came up soft, heavy in places, our chance would increase and maybe St Mark’s Basilicia’s wouldn’t, so who knows what’s going to happen.”
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