Ascot, Berkshire, Eng. – The victory rounded off a remarkable day for couple Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand who combined for 4 victories during Britain’s richest race day.
It’s been a memorable season for Marqaund and Addeybb who dominated down under throughout the winter as the duo claimed Group 1 victories in Australia. However, his main targets were always going to be during the Autumn as the Haggas team aimed him at his preferred soft ground and that paid off as Addeybb came home in front in this year’s QIPCO Champion Stakes.
During the race, it was Derby hero Serpentine who despite missing the break, took up the running as expected. The eventual winner Addeybb, sat just of the Classic winner in his favored position towards the front of the field. Elsewhere, heavily backed favorite Magical settled in mid-division with Frankie Dettori and second favorite Mishriff just one off the rail alongside the Ballydoyle superstar.
The places didn’t alter throughout the early stages with most content on holding position. As the pace began to quicken it was James Doyle and Lord North who made the first move as the duo began to make a move around the outside. The rest responded as Mishriff picked up the bridle and Skaletti continued to run on alongside the rail. Ryan Moore asked plenty of Magical but she was caught ever so slightly flat footed and couldn’t quite pick up the leaders.
Into the final stages, Addeybb continued to thunder on, plowing his way through the softer ground as Sklatetti failed to really throw down a challenge.
Tom Marqaund only won his first Group 1 just a month ago in the St Leger but this performance will be right up there with his best of the season. A hugely satisfying win for the young jockey on the biggest stage of all and a wonderful victory for all connections.
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