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Botti in no rush with Hawill

Marco Botti felt a lack of experience prevented Lat Hawill finishing any closer to impressive Greenham winner Kingman at the weekend.

The Invincible Spirit colt was beaten for third on the line on just his second ever start in the Newbury Classic trial, which saw Kingman rocket to the head of the betting on the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Botti is in no rush to firm up a plan just yet, but slightly favours giving his smart three-year-old a bit more time with the French and Irish Guineas possibly favourites over Newmarket at this stage.

"Lat Hawill was still a bit babyish and will improve for the experience, that was my concern before the race," said Botti.

"He's quite a big horse and when Jamie (Spencer) asked him to quicken he picked up but became a little bit disorganised.

"I thought he ran a good race and only just missed out on third, so he proved he could be up to that level.

"Whether he runs in the Guineas at Newmarket or we give him more time depends on how he trains in the meantime. We may decide to give him more time and wait for the French or the Irish Guineas.

"We haven't ruled out the English Guineas, we'll just see what happens in the other trials first but it was vital he got another run under his belt."