Appleby wants rain for Hawkbill

Connections of Hawkbill are hoping conditions ease somewhat ahead of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.

The talented three-year-old needs cut in the ground to be seen at his best, as he showed when winning the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July.

Since then he has been beaten in both the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes, when the going was not ideal.

However, trainer Charlie Appleby reports Hawkbill to have bounced back from his recent run at Leopardstown.

He said: "It was a tough race in the Irish Champion, but he's come out of it particularly well. The horse has got a good constitution.

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"We're taking a look at Champions Day. Ground conditions at the moment are staying dry. We'll keep an eye on that, because he appreciates cut in the ground."

Appleby confirmed Wuheida would not run again this season following her Group One triumph in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly on Sunday, on what was only her second start.

"She's come out of the race very well. She came back Monday morning and is having a couple of easy days. She's in good shape," Appleby told At The Races.

"She'll be put to bed for the winter now and we'll see where we are in the spring with her and whether we go for a Guineas or go a different route towards the Oaks.

"After doing what she has done on her second start she could just come forward in the spring next year and you could look at a Guineas, but we'll let her winter and see where are in the spring.

"I feel, though, she is going to be more of a middle-distance filly, but she might be good enough to campaign over a mile in the spring."

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