Addeybb proved a cut above the rest when romping to victory in the Lincoln at Doncaster.
The William Haggas-trained four-year-old cruised through the race at the head of affairs and could be named the winner from some way out. Just beyond the furlong pole James Doyle made his move and the race was quickly put to bed. Top-weight, Lord Glitters, battled on bravely to finish second, closely followed by Mitchum Swagger and old favourite Gabrial.
This was a record-equalling fourth Lincoln for Haggas, and he was clearly pleased with the performance: “The right horses were up in the front. The top-weight (Lord Glitters) is a good horse and Mitchum Swagger is a good horse, so I think the form will prove to be strong. In this ground anything can happen, but he's Pivotal and we minded him as a young horse. He won the Silver Cambridgeshire well and I hope he's going to have a good year.
“We thought we'd go for the Sandown Mile next if something like this happened, so I see no reason to change it. It's a month away and it's good timing. I think the track will suit him, it should be slow ground and it's time he got up in grade. He's done a bit at home, but he's lazy and not very good on the all-weather, so I think James got a bit of a shock today. We're trying to build a relationship with James, but he's still contracted to Godolphin. They didn't use him much last year, but they probably will this year.”
Doyle was similarly impressed, saying: “The ground was a bit of an unknown, but he had the right pedigree to do his stuff today. He's such an unassuming horse. He goes through the motions; he's not a flashy work horse at home. I wouldn't like to say how far he could go, but he's certainly a horse on the up.”
The winner was in receipt of 8lbs from the runner-up, nevertheless, the style of success suggests he could make an impact in Group races. His pedigree, by Pivotal out of a Kingmambo mare, also suggests he’ll cope with a step-up in trip. There’s sure to be further improvement physically from the youngster and the way he travelled through testing ground makes ventures to France an interesting proposition.
Much the same can be said of Lord Glitters, a five-year-old that clearly excels in heavy ground. O’Meara enjoys his jaunts abroad and it would come as no surprise to see the grey appear on the other side of the Channel, though he appears best off a strong pace, which isn’t always forthcoming in France.
This was of course merely the opening salvo of the turf flat season, and as such, it would be unwise to get too carried away with the performance of Addeybb. Penitent was probably the classiest of the recent Lincoln winners. Having won the race in 2010, it took him another two years to land a Group race. He was also trained by William Haggas, prior to switching to David O’Meara’s yard at the beginning of the 2012 campaign.