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William Haggas has celebrated an Australian double from afar including the Group One Ranvet Stakes

With British racing shut down because of the coronavirus crisis, English trainer William Haggas has celebrated an Australian double from afar including the Group One Ranvet Stakes.

Haggas sent Young Rascal and Addeybb to Sydney last month and they repaid him at Rosehill on Saturday.

Before last season was out, Haggas pinpointed the valuable card as a suitable destination for two of his stars.

After a successful summer stint in Sydney, Tom Marquand also made it back before self-isolation protocols kicked in last weekend to ride both horses.

Addeybb broke his Group One duck in the Ranvet (2000m) Stakes, which was also a first top-level win for his rider, while Young Rascal won the Group Three Iron Jack N E Manion Cup.

“You always hope, but the reality is it rarely happens as you’d like it to. It was a good day,” Haggas told the Press Association.

“It’s been a long-term plan, but it is rare things happen that favourably – this one did.

“I did expect it to be wetter ground, so we got away with it on that front. They had an inch of rain on Monday, but it was just good ground in the end. Tom said by the time of the Golden Slipper it was on the fast side of good.”

Haggas has further Australian targets in mind for the pair – should racing still be going ahead behind closed doors.

“These were supposedly prep races for two races on April 11. There’s the Sydney Cup over two miles (3200m) for Young Rascal, which I think he wants, and there’s the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over 10 furlongs (2000m) for Addeybb,” Haggas said.

“The ground isn’t a worry for that. The biggest worry out there is still being able to race, that’s the most pertinent problem.”

Racing is continuing in Australia with the public locked out as is the case in some other jurisdictions including Ireland, Dubai, Japan and Hong Kong.

England has ceased racing until the end of April as have several American states.

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