Addeybb to Defend Champion S. Crown

Addeybb | Bronwen Healy

Last year's G1 Champion S. winner Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) will return to Ascot to defend his crown in October, trainer William Haggas has announced. A winner of the G1 Ranvet S. and G1 Queen Elizabeth S. in Australia last year, the chestnut was second in the G1 Prince Of Wales's S. back in the UK last June, two starts prior to his Champion S. victory. Sent back to Australia in March, he was second in the Ranvet to Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) and then turned the tables on that rival in winning his second Queen Elizabeth on Apr. 17. He was second to St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 3.

The Newmarket trainer said, “It was great to win the Champion S. last year, fantastic. Addeybb was really on his game that day, too. If we can get him like that again that would be great.

“Right now he is in a field, but he will have a run before the Champion S. He was a little bit rusty in the Eclipse and the ground wasn't really slow enough for him, but I thought he ran well and he kept going up the hill as usual.”

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