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'When I first saw him he looked dreadful' - Addeybb on road to recovery

Addeybb: Tom Marquand partners the William Haggas star to his second Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory at Randwick this year
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William Haggas hopes Addeybb is "over the worst" after an infection left him fearing the star globetrotter might never race again.

An infected blood clot caused the Group 1 winner to lose a significant amount of weight and left Haggas concerned for his welfare. 

The son of Pivotal finished sixth in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot last month, a race he won in 2020, but was subsequently lame and then spent time with the vet after the clot was discovered.

Haggas said: "Unfortunately Addeybb developed a blood clot on his hock after the Champion Stakes, which got infected. He came home from the vets a few days ago and the bloods we've taken from him since indicate he's going the right way.

"When I first went to see him I thought he looked dreadful. To my eye he looked like he had lost 50 kilos in a week. When I spoke to his owner I said there is a strong chance that he may not race again.

William Haggas: "I think and hope we are over the worst"

"I’m not saying he was never going to live but these things can go badly wrong. He looks a lot brighter now. I think and hope we are over the worst."

A third consecutive appearance at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in 2022 has already been ruled out.

On his last Australian trip, the seven-year-old beat subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant when landing the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes for a second time at Randwick in April.

Addeybb, who was taking his Aussie Group 1 tally to three that day, has had only two domestic races this year.

Haggas said: "Hopefully in the next fortnight we can turn him away in a paddock for a break, but we'll have to give Australia a miss this time.”

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To my eye he looked like he had lost 50 kilos in a week
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