Addeybb set to dominate Sydney autumn carnival again

Addeybb, the “British Bulldog”, is an improved and fitter version of the horse that dominated Sydney weight-for-age racing last autumn carnival.

At least that is the ominous opinion of English riding sensation Tom Marquand after inspecting the world’s highest-rated horse at Canterbury trackwork on Wednesday.

“He is getting on in his days now but for whatever reason he seems to take a step forward every year,’’ Marquand said.

“I jumped on him just before he left home and he felt great. He has come off the plane and saunters around here as if he has come 10 minutes down the road, not halfway around the world.

“He looks like he’s just jumped off the plane and just sort of settled straight back into life.”@TomMarquand on catching up with Addeybb again at Canterbury and the highly anticipated upcoming clashes with Verry Elleegant. @[email protected]

“It’s what makes him so straight forward, he can jump on the plane, go where ever you want and get off and be exactly the same.’’

Addeybb’s Sydney return sets the stage for two of the most anticipated races of the carnival when he clashes with Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

They ran the quinella in both races last year with Addeybb coming out on top but Verry Elleegant has since won four Group 1 races, including the Chipping Norton Stakes last week, and will be an even more formidable foe.

“That’s what racing is all about, it’s a fantastic sport and they are top athletes, that’s how racing people look at it,’’ Marquand said.

“Who doesn’t want two world-class athletes coming together on the final day when it matters.

“I would rather win by three lengths and find it easy but that’s probably unrealistic looking at Verry Elleegant’s form in the last year or so since he left.

“Verry Elleegant is an exceptional mare, she has won Group 1 races now which is pretty incredible, but on Addeybb’s given ground he showed in the QEII (last year) how dominant he was.

Addeybb has settled in to his Sydney base at Canterbury Park. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“There is no telling if he can turn up in the same order again, it is completely in the lap of the gods now, but hopefully we will get the rain which will helps us.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully everything goes smoothly for Addeybb in the next few weeks.’’

Addeybb and stablemate Favourite Moon, who arrived in Sydney on Monday night, were restricted to walking exercise in the compound of the Canterbury training and quarantine facility on Wednesday morning.

Isabella Paul, the travelling foreperson for trainer William Haggas, said Canterbury is like a “second home” for Addeybb.

Indeed, the champion’s owner, Sheikh Al Maktoum’s racing colours of yellow and black epaulettes now appears twice on the quarantine barn’s “Wall of Fame” reserved for international Group 1 winners at the Sydney autumn carnival alongside the colours for Polarisation, Real Impact, Gordon Lord Byron and Hana’s Goal.

Tom Marquand and Addeybb will reunite for a shot at back-to-back wins in Queen Elizabeth Stakes at The Championships. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“We have survived hotel quarantine and the horses have arrived in really good shape,’’ Paul said. “Both horses are eating up, their temperatures are good, weight is good, we are really, really happy with them.

“They are both where we want them. Addeybb is probably a little fitter than this time last year, which is good, so that means we can afford to give him a couple of easy days.

“We will try and get them out for a little trot and maybe a hack around the Polytrack (Thursday morning) then hopefully on Friday get them out on the grass and look to work them at the back end of next week.’’

Originally published asMarquand’s early warning for Addeybb’s autumn rivals

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