Dubai: Addeybb destroyed its rivals with pace and endurance to take on the Group 1 champion at the British Championship, the final of the 2020 levels season in Ascot yesterday.
While Tom Marquand rode an extremely confident race on the six-year-old in the famous yellow sis of Major General Sheikh Ahmad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Safety, Addeybb proved he is a globe draf-superstar.
The second winner in this race last season, the winner followed the pace for the early part of the mile and one further ride, before finding a better set of gears to pull away from his challengers for a very, very impressive victory.
The 9/1 winner blew two-and-a-quarter lengths from French raider Skalleti (13/2) across the line, with 15/8 favorite Magical, last year’s winner, taking third place achieved.
Addeybb, who won several Group 1 matches during a successful spring campaign in Australia, claims the first British Group 1 victory while Shaikh Ahmad donated a first success in the prestigious Champions Stakes.
Credit to the team
“What an honor for the entire team at home,” Marquand told ITV Racing. ‘He went to Australia and won Down Under and now he’s come back and get his Group 1 here. He deserved it so much because he knocked on the door and shows that he is a champion but never had his day. Now he has it.
‘He rode through the race like a good horse, and when I started at the bottom of the straight corridor, it’s remarkable because he’s going as bad as you can over the ground and makes it feel like a fast ground . That’s why he’s so good at it. ”
Winning handler William Haggas added: “He is a wonderful horse and he was really up for it today. He was fantastic and I am absolutely excited for everyone. It was amazing.
“He was in an excellent position and he stays, he is tough. He loved the land and also loves it here. ”
With a prize fund of £ 1.3 million, the Champion Stakes was Britain’s richest horse race until 2011 when its status was regained in 2012 by The Epsom Derby.
Earlier in the afternoon, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, was denied a victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) when the favorite Palace Pier of 8/11 lost his close shoe halfway through the race. harmed his chances.
He still managed to finish third when French raider, The Revenant, nailed the game of Roseman nail-biting, a neck that separated the pair on the line.
Roseman represented Shaikh Obaid Al Maktoum, owner of the Epsom Derby.
It was an epic event for Marquand and his girlfriend Hollie Doyle, who won four of the six races at the event.
British Champions Day marks the end of the tier season and is considered one of the most important highlights on the calendar.
It is also the highlight of the British Champions Series and contains the final round of the five divisions of the.
It is by far the richest day in British racing, with more than £ 4 million in prize money on offer in the six glittering races.
Source: Gulf News