Tom Marquand thinks tomorrow’s Listed Gala Stakes offers “perfect” opportunity for multi-millionaire Addeybb

June 30, 2022

Jockey Tom Marquand believes Addeybb has the “perfect” opportunity to get back to winning ways at Sandown Park tomorrow.

The eight year old gelding, a four-time Group One winner who has racked up over £3.5 million in prize money during a glittering career, has not got his nose in front since winning the Group One Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in Australia in April 2021.

However, the William Haggas-trained son of Pivotal, who lines up in today’s Listed Davies Insurance Services Gala Stakes over 1m 2f, has shown has some high-class form in defeat since, including when third in last month’s Group Three Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes over tomorrow’s course and distance.

That form has worked out well, with the winner Bay Bridge trading as a leading fancy for a red hot renewal of Saturday’s Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park.

Addeybb is a horse close to Marquand’s heart, having provided him with his first ever Group One winner in Australia in 2020. And while he might be eight years old, Marquand feels that there is plenty of running left in Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktum-owned Addeybb.

Marquand said: “He looks in great form and it was a super run in the Brigadier Gerard last time out. He showed that he’s still got that spark and it looks a perfect race for him to go for – hopefully Sandown gets hit by a drop of rain.

“The Brigadier form looks really strong, the winner is one of the favourites for the Eclipse and the runner-up Mostahdaf didn’t do it any harm at Ascot last time either (when second behind Broome in the Hardwicke Stakes), so everything looks like it’s in the right spot and we just need things to go well on the day.

“He looks great and I don’t sit on him too often at home, but Safid who rides him has been really happy with him. He knows him inside out so if he’s happy with him – everyone is happy.”

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