William Haggas issues warning to Addeybb ahead of Brigadier Gerard’s return
Haggas issues a warning Addeybb
William Haggas may be in a rich vein of form at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped him from warning punters about the fitness of Addeybb as he makes his seasonal debut in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday night.
The Pivotal gelding, winner of three Group Ones in Australia as well as the 2020 Champion Stakes at Ascot, has been slow to recover from a hock infection meaning he will return from a seven-month absence.
The eight-year-old, who will be ridden by Tom Marquand, faces five rivals in a strong renewal of the 10-stadia Group Three contest, with Haggas hoping he can build on the run and book his ticket to Royal Ascot.
“He’s a good horse and he’s taken a bit of time to get into shape,” Haggas said. “He needs this race to prepare for Ascot, but he’s as fit as he can be without killing him.
“I just want to see some spark from him. He loves racing and it’s a decent race.
His rivals include Mostahdaf, trained by John and Thady Gosden, who opened his successful four-year campaign in group three Gordon Richards Stakes over the same course and distance, and Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge, who is unbeaten in the his last four starts and also does his seasonal arc.
Haggas continued: “There are two very smart horses against him and I guess we will all be in this together. John’s horse had a run but he has a 3 pound penalty.
“The other horse is a typical Sir Michael improver and will also be very hard to beat. But as long as Addeybb is having a good run and looks like he still has a lot of ability, I will be happy.
Mostahdaf returns to action
Thady Gosden says MostahdafJim Crowley’s mount, took his pipe opener well, and hopes to concede 3lb to main market rivals Addeybb and Bay Bridge.
He said: “He had done well since winning the Gordon Richards. He won it pretty well on the same track. He carries a 3 pound penalty in what is a very competitive Brigadier Gerard because Addeyeb, as we know, is a good horse with a serious record.
“Mosbahdhaf is a horse with very good action and obviously doesn’t want extreme terrain, so terrain shouldn’t be a problem. We hope he runs well and doesn’t have any running issues which can happen at Sandown sometimes.
Stoute has a budding star in Bay
After a three-year undefeated campaign, Stoute hopes Bay Bridge can go on to climb the latter on his first start since winning the James Seymour Stakes on a similar trip to Newmarket in October.
“He’s going up in group class,” Stoute said. “It’s a very tough contest. He will run well but he’s been out for a long time and that will only give him an advantage.
“I don’t worry about the ground and we don’t need rain. He will take it easy and it will be good to firm him up at Sandown I think, which will suit him.
Nine-year-old Lord Glitters weighs in at 9lbs and 7lbs, having landed the prized Group Two Singspiel Stakes at Meydan in February, and is being asked to concede 5lbs at Addeybb and Bay Bridge.
Winner of 10 of his 42 races, the globetrotting gray has raked in more than £2.2million in prize money and his trainer David O’Meara says everything he does now is a bonus.
“Life is going to be pretty tough for him for a while with this penalty for winning the Singspiel Stakes, Group Two in Dubai,” O’Meara said.
“He had a brilliant winter and he won the Bahrain International Trophy as well as the Singspiel. For all of us, we have a little moan on the penalty, he has earned a lot of money this winter and we have to start him somewhere.
“I didn’t think he was quite up to the Queen Anne this year because he’s moving on and he probably wants nine or ten furlongs these days. So let’s start here.
“He’s feeling good at home and he seems in good shape – he’s working well, but it seems like a big ask to put that weight on good horses.”
If all goes well for Lord Glitters at Sandown, O’Meara could stay closer to home for his next start.
“There are a few races in York – the York Stakes and the Strensall in August,” O’Meara said. “Those are the types of races that we are going to look at. He won over £2million in prize money and I’m not sure there are too many racehorses at the moment who have done that.
Although Saeed bin Suroor is likely heading to Ripon to watch Shining Blue’s thrilling run in a rookie race, he will have more than one eye on Dubai Future and Passion And Glory, who round out the pack.
Future of Dubai has plenty to find with Lord Glitters in his Bahrain International Trophy run, but was not dishonored despite not placing in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic when he last visited in March.
passion and glory Likewise, he hasn’t raced since finishing close to Stay Foolish fifth in the Dubai Gold Cup and is returning on a journey after that race in the two-mile group two contest at Meydan.
“It’s a very tough race with very good horses,” said Bin Suroor. “It will be preparation to get them ready for Royal Ascot.
“Dubai Future have a Hardwicke Stakes entry but I want to see them both racing well otherwise I won’t be racing them at Ascot. They both had a few months break after racing at Meydan.
“The ground will suit them well and the horses run well.”
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