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Ground conditions to determine Hawkbill's next start.

Byline: David Baxter

HAWKBILL will run next where the ground is deemed most suitable, with the quick surface at York last week blamed for the Coral-Eclipse winner's disappointing performance.

A 6-1 chance for the Juddmonte International, Hawkbill finished eighth of 12, beaten 11 and a half lengths.

Jockey William Buick reported the colt felt ill at ease on the quick ground and underfoot conditions will now be a major consideration in deciding where he next runs.

Hawkbill has entries in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot (October 15) and the Irish equivalent at Leopardstown (September 10), having been added to the latter race for €22,500.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "What we learned about Hawkbill at York is that he wants cut as he didn't like the ground there. We'll go to Ireland if the ground is suitable, and if it isn't then we will go to Ascot, where there is always a strong chance of getting it soft."

Hawkbill is a 10-1 chance for the Champion Stakes, and a 14-1 chance for the Irish Champion Stakes.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2016
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