Hawkbill to skip King George and wait for York

Hawkbill (William Buick) beats The Gurkha

Hawkbill: will not be supplemented for the King George

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Stuart Riley 9:00AM 18 JUL 2016 

CORAL-ECLIPSE winner Hawkbill will not be supplemented for Saturday’s King George Vl & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, with connections instead waiting for the Juddmonte International at York.

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Bookmakers were fearful the second favourite would not be added to the field and on Sunday shortened Postponed into 1-2 (from 4-7) by several firms.

On Sunday Godolphin’s chief executive John Ferguson left the door open for a possible £75,000 supplementary, but on Monday morning the possibility was ruled out.

Charlie Appleby told godolphin.com: “After consultation with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and John Ferguson, we have decided he will miss the King George and be saved for races over a mile and a quarter. The Juddmonte is the likely next target.”

A decision on whether Hardwicke winner Dartmouth will take his chance will also be made this morning. The Queen’s racing manager John Warren said on Sunday: “We are going to decide tomorrow.”

O’Brien plans

Aidan O’Brien looks set to rely on Highland Reel in the Qipco-backed contest and said on Sunday: “At the minute we’re looking at Highland Reel. He ran well on soft ground at Ascot last time and came out of the race very well. We would be very happy if he got good ground next week.

“We have Sir Isaac Newton in the race as well but Highland Reel is what we’re looking at for now. Deauville won’t run, he’s having an easy week and wants a mile and a quarter on fast ground.”

 
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