For as long as he rides Tom Marquand will never get less applause for winning such a big race after bringing home the William Haggas trained Addeybb a clear cut victor in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, in the suburbs of Sydney.
But, racing behind closed doors in Australia, the British jockey took social distancing to a new level when winning by two and three quarter lengths from Verry Elleegant in the Group One which has been won for the last three years by the Australian wonder-mare Winx.
With its pot of £600,000 to the winner (half what it normally is because of the lockdown) the Queen Elizabeth is one of the marquee races of the Australian autumn and highlight of Randwick’s Easter carnival, the equivalent of our Champion Stakes.
三级成人视频Haggas targeted the race for his six-year-old last June - not least of all because the ground is often soft at Randwick at this time of year. Having won his prep race, the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill three weeks ago, the six-year-old is the first international dual Group One winner in Australia since Dunaden added the 2012 Caulfield Cup to the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
三级成人视频At the top of the straight it briefly looked like developing into a duel when the Japanese raider Danon Premium cruised up to his quarters with such ease it just looked a matter of when it would go past.
However Addeybb, whom had been slotted into third by Marquand early on, galloped on very strongly to the line in the testing ground to turn it into a procession, while Danon Premium flattened out and faded into third leaving Verry Elleegant to chase home Addeybb for the second time inside a month.
Speaking from his yard in Newmarket, Haggas, who has always thought outside the box, said: “It was great – there are no downsides to that. We put a television in the window of the office and all the lads watched from around the yard keeping their distance from each other.
“Quite apart from the fact that they are still racing in Australia we got really lucky on several counts. He took everything in his stride, took the journey out there well and thrived on it. Then every time we wanted rain, it rained. The quarantine facility was just the Japanese horse and our two.
“It’s a long trip and arduous but it all worked out. When you plan your prep race and your goal and win both; that never comes off at that level.”
During the lockdown no jockeys’ stock has risen quite like Marquand’s – either home or abroad - and he gave Addeybb a beautifully uncomplicated ride in front of an estimated 400 people containing trainers and officials at a course which can usually cater for 70,000.
三级成人视频“I felt I had my dream day three weeks ago,” he said afterwards. “I thought he’d be the vulnerable one and Young Rascal would be the one to get me out of jail. He switches off and knows when to turn it on.
三级成人视频“If only all horses did that; dropped their heads and then pick up as soon as you ask them. What a horse – he’s given me both of my Group Ones and there will always be a special place for him in my heart. It’s an honour to ride him and he goes through the ground like it’s not even there. There was never a moment when I thought I’m not going to pick up.
三级成人视频“A lot of people probably underestimate how much this means – to come down and win the Queen Elizabeth on an English horse at a rough time for English racing. It was phenomenal race placing from William Haggas – it’s ridiculous sighting a race that far out and pulling it off. It’s still my plan to go home after riding next Saturday – I’ve probably had my share of luck.”
三级成人视频Hopes of initiating a double with Young Rascal in the Schweppes Sydney Cup came to nothing when the former Derby runner appeared not to get the two mile trip although Marquand was never happy with the horse.
“There are no flights back at the moment but we hope to get Addeybb home when we can,” added Haggas, “but Young Rascal will probably stay out there for Melbourne. It’s easy to say he didn’t get the trip from my sofa and time may tell he didn’t but if he stayed with me I’d have no worries trying him again at two miles.
“I suspect Bernard (Kantor) will stick him with a local trainer. I can’t see this year’s Melbourne Cup being a free for all so it would be daft to bring him home and then not be able to get him back out there in the autumn.”