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From top-end handicapper to Group 1 performer. Addeybb has risen to the top and there are few horses in training as effective as him when the ground is soft.
He’s no one-tricky pony but all those connected with him will admit that he’s in his element when the mud is flying.
Underfoot conditions were deep for QIPCO British Champions Day in 2019 and he beat all bar Magical in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, going down by three-quarters of a length.
The Pivotal five-year-old, gelded before he ever ran, was ridden by James Doyle, who said: “It was a lovely run from him, obviously a career-best.
“But full credit to the filly [Magical], she’s unbelievable, isn’t she, to back up quick after the Arc. Obviously you are disappointed when you finish second in any big race, but he’s tried his heart out and everything went to plan, so you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Trainer William Haggas said: “I thought he put in a great effort but Magical is an exceptional filly – she has shown it all year and is very versatile at every trip and on most ground. Addeybb had conditions in his favour today and has run his guts out.
“When I walked the course, it felt pretty decent as described – good to soft. I had people with me who had sticks and they didn’t go in very far, so I thought that it was too fast for him. But actually, it rode very soft in the Cup race and they all said it was soft to heavy, so I can’t complain.
“I left it to James [Doyle] – I said that Magical and Coronet, the two dangers, both stay a mile and a half, so he might get racing too early if he went forward.
“We will keep him in training and he loves these conditions. He has had a good year but he has only won a Listed race and a G3. He has run his guts out and will continue to do so with conditions in his favour.”
Addeybb had won the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier in the season, plus a Group 3 prize at Haydock.
He indicated he had big days in him when cruising to victory in the 2018 Lincoln on heavy ground, winning at the main expense of Lord Glitters.
Addeybb followed up in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown but has looked even more effective over ten furlongs.