Trainer Williams Haggas is hopeful Addeybb is "over the worst" of his infection
Trainer Williams Haggas is hopeful Addeybb is "over the worst" of his infection

Trainer William Haggas believes star globetrotter Addeybb is coming back to fitness after suffering a potentially career-ending infection. 

The Group One winner suffered a blood clot in his hock which became infected. 

It came after he finished sixth in the Champions Stakes at Ascot in November, a race in which he triumphed last year. 

Afterwards he was declared lame and the blood clot became infected which led to the son of Pivotal losing a lot of weight. 

He has subsequently spent a lot of time with the vet but Haggas believes his stable star is over the worst of his problems. 

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 is hopeful over Addeybb but has ruled out a trip to Australia this year
William Haggas is hopeful over Addeybb but has ruled out a trip to Australia this year

"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." 

After winning the Champions Stakes in 2020, Addeybb travelled to Australia in the spring and defeated eventual Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant at Randwick in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes. 

He has only raced twice domestically this year. 

First, he finished as the runner up-in the Coral-Eclipse behind St Mark's Basilica. Then the seven-year-old failed to defend his Champions Stakes title at Ascot after coming sixth, a long way behind Sealiway.

A third consecutive appearance at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in 2022 has already been ruled out by the Newmarket handler who says the recovery process will continue. 

Haggas added: "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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