High flying Hawkbill well worth weight for big-race success
Hawkbill can take full advantage of his weight allowance by winning the Juddmonte International at York, the feature event on day one of the Ebor meeting.
The Classic generation get an 8lb allowance in tomorrow's 10-furlong showpiece and given how tight it looks on the official ratings in this high-class affair, such a pull could well prove crucial on the Knavesmire.
And Hawkbill already has the form credentials to be a leading contender as his Eclipse victory last month showed him to be one of the key middle-distance players with a highly classy half-length defeat of The Gurkha.
That was Hawkbill's sixth successive win, with a Listed victory at Newmarket and a Group Three Royal Ascot verdict perfectly underlining this colt's thoroughly progressive profile.
Hawkbill appears to be reaching the peak of his powers now.
YORK: 1.55 Hoofalong, 2.30 Lockheed, 3.50 Across The Stars, 3.45 HAWKBILL (NAP), 4.20 Life Less Ordinary, 4.55 The Wagon Wheel.
CARLISLE: 2.10 Raise A Billion, 2.45 Racemaker, 3.20 Portland Street, 3.55 Dawn Mirage, 4.30 She's Electric, 5.05 Tectonic, 5.40 Bell Weir.
CHEPSTOW: 2.20 Island In The Sky, 2.55 Tadkhirah, 3.30 Curriculum, 4.05 Force, 4.40 Bonjour Steve, 5.15 Diamonds A Dancing, 5.45 File Of Facts.
KEMPTON: 6.40 Masonic, 7.10 Torquay, 7.40 Owaseyf, 8.10 Murad Khan, 8.40 Hatsaway, 9.10 Deer Song.
KILLARNEY: 5.20 Drake Passage, 5.50 Bromance, 6.20 Ti Amo, 6.50 Tribal Beat, 7.20 Lomi's Law, 7.50 A Year To Remember, 8.20 Laoch Na Mi.
WORCESTER: 5.00 Caspian Piper, 5.30 Bincombe, 6.00 Pull The Trigger, 6.30 Avel Vor, 7.00 Sinbad The Sailor, 7.30 Bagad Bihoue, 8.00 Unify.