Owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and trained by William Haggas in Newmarket, Addeybb is a 7-year-old gelding, by former high-class sprinter Pivotal, who has the distinction of having won back-to-back renewals of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in Sydney, Australia in 2020 and 2021.

Many would no doubt like to bottle and take that kind of skill to the best australia online casino sites when they’re in a gambling mood.    Aside from his exploits at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, Addeybb is also a multiple Group race winner on home soil. In April, 2018, he opened his Pattern race account with a quite impressive 2¾-length victory over Stormy Antarctic in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown. In August, 2019, he added the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock to his winning tally and, in October, 2020, recorded his first and, so far, only domestic Group 1 victory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day.

Foaled on February 9, 2014, Addeybb did not race as a juvenile, but quickly made up for lost time, winning three of his five starts in his 3-year-old campaign. He won the Lincoln at Doncaster on his reappearance, as a 4-year-old, in 2018, followed by the aformentioned bet365 Mile and has since been campaigned exclusively at Listed and Pattern level. He failed to make much of an impact on his first two attempts at the highest level, in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, that season, but was only beaten threequarters of a length by Magical in the Champion Stakes in 2019. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, machines à sous , anyone?


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Owned by Tony Hirschfeld, Stephen Piper, David Fish and John Collins and trained by Roger Teal in Lambourn, Berkshire, Oxted is a Group 1 winning sprinter. The son of July Cup winner Mayson was gelded before making his solitary, unsuccessful start as a two-year-old, at Doncaster in November, 2018. He did, however, make a winning reappearance in an ordinary novice stakes race, over 7 furlongs, at Salisbury the following April. Interestingly, that was the one and only time he has tackled further than 6 furlongs, at least so far, and he was immediately dropped back to sprinting distances.

He won the valuable Portland Handicap, over 5½ furlongs, at Doncaster in September, 2019, on the final start of his three-year-old campaign, but was to make further progress through the ranks as an older horse. As a four-year-old he raced just three times, winning the Group 3 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket, following up in the Group 1 July Cup – on his first attempt at the highest level – and, following wind surgery, finishing a close fifth in the British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. It’s hard to fault such form. I only wish I could have taken that with me in my crazyvegas online casino days.

Oxted began five-year-old campaign with three defeats, but ran respectably in the Riyadh Dirt Sprint, Abernant Stakes and Duke of York Stakes en route to Royal Ascot. At the Royal Meeting, connections took the bold step of dropping him back to the minimum trip for the first time in his career, in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day. However, Oxted proved more than equal to the task, winning by 1¾ lengths, going away, and landing a gamble in the process.


Remarkably, Eclipse, who died from colic at the age of 24 in 1789, features in the paternal line of 95% of modern thoroughbred racehorses including, albeit 19 generations later, Frankel. Like his illustrious descendant – who, in 2012, became the highest rated horse in the history of World Thoroughbred Rankings – Eclipse completely dominated his contemporaries and remained unbeaten throughout his career, which lasted 18 months and a total of 18 races. However, unlike Frankel – who topped the world rankings as a two, three and four-year-old – did not make his racecourse debut until he was five years old.

Bred by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, Eclipse was acquired by Smithfield cattle salesman William Wildman at a dispersal sale following the death of the Duke, in 1765, and made his racecourse debut in the ‘Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Plate’ at Epsom four years later. An effortless win in the first heat of that four-mile contest prompted Irish-born opportunist Denis O’Kelly to famously proclaim that the result of the second heat would be ‘Eclipse first, and the rest nowhere’. Eclipse did, as predicted, pass the post before any of his rivals had reached the distance marker and O’Kelly immediately parted with 650 guineas for a half-share in the horse.

Thereafter, Eclipse won a further seven races against the best horses of the day , without coming under even the slightest pressure, before O’Kelly bought him outright for 1,100 guineas and transferred him to his stables at Clay Hill, Epsom. Further success followed, with no fewer than eleven victories in versions of the ‘King’s Plate’, run as far afield as Canterbury, Lewes, Newmarket and Winchester. Indeed, Eclipse reportedly walked 1,000 miles or more between races during his career. By the end of his career, Eclipse had proved himself the best horse of his generation so convincingly that he regularly frightened off the opposition and ‘walked over’. In fact, the lack of viable competition hastened his retirement from racing. Notwithstanding his staggering influence on modern bloodstock, Eclipse is commemorated by the Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes, which has been run annually, over a mile and a quarter, at Sandown Park since 1886.