The William Haggas trained Addeybb currently leads the standings for the Cartier Horse Of The Year award and if the six year old can replicate what he has already done this season, there is no reason why he can't win the prestigious accolade.
The six year old was aimed at a spring stint down under and after not quite being able to cut the mustard at Group One level in the UK he was hoping to make that breakthrough in Australia.
In October he was a very narrow second to Magical in the Champion Stakes at Ascot which was his first taste in the big time where being good enough to compete.
He had a break and went over to Australia for the first time in his career and at the back end of March became a black type winner for the first time when taking the Ranvet Stakes on his first start down under.
The big target whilst Addeybb was over there was to race in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes and on April 11th, with the rain bringing his favoured soft ground, he went on to take the contest with ease.
Since coming back over to the UK, he made his seasonal debut in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and he finished a decent second to the stand alone winner Lord North.
The gelding sits pretty on 64 points and narrowly behind him is Barney Roy on 44 points, who was just in behind Addeybb in the Group One at Ascot.
(Credit Racing Post) Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, said: “While it is obviously disappointing that the Cartier Racing Awards ceremony will not be able to go ahead in its usual format this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is fantastic news that the prestigious accolades will still be awarded in 2020.
“I would like to thank Laurent Feniou, managing director of Cartier UK, and his team for Cartier’s continued support of European horseracing in these challenging times.”
Cartier Horse of the Year
Addeybb 64 points
Barney Roy 44
Lord North 40
Magic Lily 40
Way To Paris 40