William Haggas, a British horse trainer, has expressed interest in establishing a base in Australia following his horse Dubai Honour’s impressive victory at the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Haggas was unable to attend Addeybb’s victories in the same race in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it all the more important for him to be present for Dubai Honour’s win, particularly after the horse’s outstanding performance at the Ranvet Stakes.
Tom Marquand, who had returned from injury, rode Dubai Honour to victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Haggas expressed satisfaction at Marquand’s performance as he watched him track Godolphin’s Group One winner Anamoe into the straight. When Marquand found a clear path, Dubai Honour quickly surged ahead, winning by two and a half lengths.
According to Australian reports, Haggas has explored the possibility of establishing a satellite yard with Andrew Balding, and Dubai Honour’s victory may increase the likelihood of such an arrangement. Haggas stated that he and Balding were both enthusiastic about the idea.
Haggas emphasized that while Anamoe was an excellent horse, Dubai Honour had improved significantly since last year, having had some health issues and facing tough competition. Marquand expressed gratitude for the opportunity to ride a horse that Haggas had trained to win such a prestigious race.
Dubai Honour is now set to travel to Hong Kong before returning to Newmarket. Haggas’s interest in setting up a base in Australia could lead to greater cooperation between British and Australian horse racing industries, which could benefit both countries’ horse racing businesses.