Hawkbill ahead of his Coral Eclipse Stakes victory Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Hawkbill will not be heading to Germany this weekend
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Charlie Appleby has ruled Hawkbill out of a trip to Germany this weekend.

The Preis von Europa over a mile and a half on Sunday had been under consideration for the Coral-Eclipse hero, but that has been shelved because of drying conditions.

The Godolphin handler also has another German option at the back of his mind in early November, but is already looking forward to bringing Hawkbill back as a four-year-old.

“He won’t be going to Germany as the ground is drying out this weekend,” he said.

“There is a Group One in Germany on November 1. Whatever he does this year is a building process for next year. He has been a great flag-bearer this year.

“When he strengthens up hopefully he can dance a few dances and pick up one or two races when the ground is right for him.”