Marquand delighted to cast Addeybb in Brigadier Gerard
Tom Marquand is “absolutely abuzz” to reunite with Addeybb in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.
The eight-year-old driver trained by William Haggas has been key in the rider’s rise through the ranks, with the duo teaming up to win three Group 1s in Australia as well as the Champion Stakes at Ascot in 2020.
The Pivotal gelding was due to make another trip to Australia earlier in the year but a blood clot on his hock became infected and for a time there were genuine concerns about his survival.
Fortunately, addeyb has made a full recovery and is set to make his first competitive appearance in just over seven months in Group 3 on Thursday night.
“He looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get back to him,” Marquand told Sky Sports Racing.
“He’s an absolute star and you couldn’t find a better ride. It’s great to see him back and wonderful to see him in one piece and happy.
“I hope he comes back to the track and shows what he can do and shows what he has shown in the past.”
Marquand admits that only time will tell what ability Addeybb retains as he’s not the brightest horse on the Newmarket gallops.
He added: “It was a tough time at the end of last year when at one point it looked like we were going to lose him. Just getting him back is the most important thing and whatever he does now he owes nothing to anyone. I think we can just take advantage of him now.
“I think that will certainly decide what he does at (Royal) Ascot, but because he’s not overdoing it at home, we don’t really know what form he is in.
“He looks great and shows all the right indications, but until he’s on track we won’t really know.
“Thursday is going to be an interesting day and I just can’t wait to get back on board him.”
Addeybb is one of six declared horses for Brigadier Gerard, along with John and Thady Gosden’s Mostahdaf the likely favorite after last month’s course and distance success in the Gordon Richards Stakes.
by Sir Michael Stoute Bay Bridge rises in class on his seasonal debut after winning each of his four starts in 2021, while David O’Meara Lord shine returns to British action after winning in Bahrain and Dubai over the winter.
The pair of Saeed bin Suroor Future of Dubai and passion and glory complete the range.