By Jon Lees
GB: Addeybb will not be able to make a third trip to Australia in 2022 after trainer William Haggas revealed the seven-year-old had been seriously ill after developing a blood clot on his hock.
The conqueror of Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant in three of their four Sydney head-to-heads has spent two weeks in an equine hospital after picking up the injury since his run in last month’s Champion Stakes.
Now Addeybb is back at Haggas’s Newmarket stable, the trainer is hoping he will make a full recovery – but it will be not be in time to run at the Sydney Autumn Carnival, where he has won the last two editions of the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Haggas broke the news during an interview with Andrew Bensley for SEN Track in Australia.
“He’s had a bit of a setback,” Haggas said. “He’s developed a blood clot on his hock which has got infected. He’s been in the hospital for a fortnight.
“He came home yesterday and hopefully he will continue to make a good recovery. Most of his infection markers are down now and hopefully in the next fortnight we can turn him away in a paddock for a nice break, so sadly he won’t be ready in time to come.”
At one point during Addeybb’s hospital stay Haggas said he became very worried about the gelding, who had lost a lot of weight and was in a lot of pain.
“I am fairly pessimistic about these sort of things,” he said. “I didn’t like it at all and when I spoke to his owner I said there is a strong chance that he may not race again. I’m not saying he was never going to live but these things can go badly wrong and if they do you can get into trouble.
“He’s been on the strongest possible antibiotics. When I went to see him in hospital I had a fit. I thought he looked dreadful. To my eye he looked like he had lost 50 kilos in a week. He looks a lot brighter now. I think and hope we are over the worst. But he is just not going to be ready in time to be trained for Sydney.”
On two successive raids on Sydney, Haggas has captured three G1 prizes with Addeybb, and the last two runnings of the G3 N E Manion Cup with Young Rascal and Favorite Moon. Even without Addeybb he is hoping to return with runners and named Champion Stakes runner-up Dubai Honour as a possible candidate.
“It’s become ingrained in me now and we have got a very strong squad of horses but I don’t know which ones will come yet,” he said. “We have the best load of horses we’ve ever had. I hope to bring something down.
“They have to be the right horse, they’ve got to be sound and be able to cope with the trip as it’s a long journey.”
He added: “We are going to take Dubai Honour to Hong Kong in December and he’s one that could come. He may not make the Queen Elizabeth in 2022 but he will be there in 2023.”
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