Trainer William Haggas has outlined his plan for English raider Addeybb to defend his Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown at Randwick next autumn.
Haggas is hoping to bring his star middle-distance galloper back to Australia in the New Year after winning a pair of Group 1s in the Ranvet Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last autumn.
“At the moment we are planning to come down mid-February, arrive the end of February and target the same two races,” Haggas told Radio TAB early from England on Tuesday.
“I would love to try him over a mile-and-a-half in the Tancred but the gap between it and the Queen Elizabeth is too short for a European horse.
“Two weeks is not long enough for it (to freshen up), so all being well, it will be the Ranvet and the Queen Elizabeth.”
Tom Marquand and Haggas’ stable foreman Harry Eustace after winning the Ranvet Stakes. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
English star jockey Tom Marquand has also already confirmed his return to Australia to ride throughout the autumn and he expects to be riding in early February.
He will continue his partnership with Addeybb throughout the autumn after piloting the gelding to both Group 1 earlier this year, the first of which was the hoop’s maiden success in the top grade.
Addeybb is the $6 equal favourite with TAB.com.au for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes alongside Australian heroine Verry Elleegant.
Haggas’ son of Pivotal beat Verry Elleegant in both their Group 1 battles in the autumn before Chris Waller’s star went on to win the Caulfield Cup in the spring.
Addeybb thrived on Sydney’s rain affected tracks last autumn, winning the Ranvet Stakes on soft ground and the Queen Elizabeth on heavy going.
But Haggas is wary not to expect the same conditions in 2021.
“This time last year you were experiencing a remarkable drought and my logic was telling me if it is a dry for a long time it will rain,” he said.
Addeybb will return to defend his crown in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“I watch the going of every Sydney meeting from now on and saw you had storms last weekend so there is a bit around at the moment which means it could be dry come then.”
Following his successful 2020 Australian autumn assault, Addeybb returned to Europe and raced three times for two wins.
He opened up with a second to Lord North in the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot before winning the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr and the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes in which he beat an outstanding field in which Skalleti finished second and Magical third.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be run on day two of The Championships at Randwick on April 10.
Originally published asHaggas reveals Sydney autumn plan for Addeybb
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