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The American-bred colt has scaled the heights for Charlie Appleby
Hawkbill has thrived and he extended his winning sequence to six with a tenacious defeat of The Gurkha in the 2016 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, having previously won the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Not originally entered for the Eclipse, the Godolphin-owned three-year-old was among two £30,000 supplementary entries for the midsummer showpiece, boosting overall prize money to £525,000 and making it the richest race ever run at the track.
Hawkbill has a tendency to get warm before his races and can be quite keen once the gates open – but neither trait have held him back.
“He’s like that at home and if he didn’t get warm pre-race I’d be concerned because that is his character and it has become normal for him,” Appleby said. “Mentally, he seems to be getting better with each race.
“I feel in time stepping up in trip we will see a little bit more improvement.”
Hawkbill might have found the ground quicker than he likes when below-par in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. He was then unable to make an impact in a strong renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
He began his 2017 campaign with a creditable effort in the Prix Ganay and then made all in the Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury before finishing third to Highland Reel in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Next time, he dropped away from two furlongs out in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud after racing too freely but he was swiftly back on song when landing the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting.
He also ran well when touched off in Group 1 company in Canada and began 2018 with a bang by making all in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic under regular rider William Buick at Meydan.
He was nowhere near thal level of form when fifth in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom next time but Appleby was satisfied with his third behind Poet’s Word and Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, even though he was about ten lengths behind the winner.
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