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Hardwicke Stakes

15:40 Royal Ascot

2022-06-18

Winner: £134828.02

Runners: 7

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The Hardwicke Stakes is a Group 2 contest run over 1m4f. It takes place at 15:40 on Saturday 24th June, which is the fifth day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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2(7)
2020-5
silk
Broome

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
6
9-3
117
132
Sometimes slowly away; solid second in this race (on soft ground) 12 months ago, splitting Wonderful Tonight and Hukum who both give the form a very strong look; landed the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next time and went close in the Breeders' Cup Turf (firm) later in the campaign; smart horse who looks a likely player with Curragh reappearance under his belt.
5(1)
331116
silk
Living Legend

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
6
9-3
112
126
Defeated long odds-on Yibir in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f, good) in April, completing a hat-trick after two AW wins; slowly away and well held in the Coronation Cup last time; needs to resume progress.
7(3)
411-01
silk
Solid Stone

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
6
9-3
112
128
Productive gelding who has an overall strike-rate of 8-24 and a record of 3-4 since wearing cheekpieces, most recently winning the Huxley Stakes at Chester (about 1m2f, good) where he bounced back from a below-par effort at Riyadh; has won over 1m3f; likely to stay this new trip (first attempt at 1m4f) and looks interesting in the retained headgear.
1(6)
53527-
silk
Away He Goes

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J: Sean Levey
T: Ismail Mohammed
6
9-3
112
126
Has won at 1m4f but may need further now, having shown his peak form when placed over 2m in last year's Dubai Gold Cup (good) and Goodwood Cup (soft); finished seventh in the Ebor on final start in August; opposed on seasonal debut.
4(4)
63-111
silk
Layfayette

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J: Colin Keane
T: Noel Meade
5
9-3
109
125
In cracking form this term and won Group 2 at the Curragh (yielding) most recently, completing a 1m2f hat-trick; has won over 1m4f; better than ever but faces a stiffer task in this stronger race for the grade.
NR(8)
374-31
silk
Third Realm

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T: Roger Varian
4
9-3
110
126
Finished just over 3l behind Hurricane Lane in last year's Derby but recorded an emphatic 6l success at Goodwood (1m4f, good to soft; Listed) four weeks ago and may well improve further; looks set for an intriguing rematch with the Godolphin colt who lacks a recent run; seems ideally suited by slow ground.
3(5)
31113-
silk
Hurricane Lane

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
4
9-3
123
136
Has raced only on good/softer; completed a prestigious Group 1 hat-trick last season, winning the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger; close third when favourite for the Arc on final outing; his only other defeat came when running creditably in the Derby (finished third); top rated in this field and should be difficult to beat, provided he returns from 258-day absence in good form.
6(2)
011-12
silk
Mostahdaf

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J: Jim Crowley
T: John & Thady Gosden
4
9-3
117
133
Badly hampered in the 2021 St James's Palace Stakes here, unbeaten otherwise (at 7f-1m1f) last term; respected form over 1m2f at Sandown (good) this season, winning the Gordon Richards Stakes then second in the Brigadier Gerard; not a certain stayer upped to 1m4f but he's largely progressive and has possibilities provided he sees it out; wears first-time headgear.

Verdict

Dual Classic winner HURRICANE LANE will be hard to beat provided he returns from an absence in top form. Second choice is Broome.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Group-race winner, 10/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 128, 10/10
  • Rated within 8lb of RPR top-rated, 10/10
  • Aged four, 9/10
  • Top-two finish last time out, 9/10
  • Distance winner, 9/10
  • Finished in the first three in a Listed or Group race that season, 8/10
Other factors
  • Six winners scored last time out.
  • Four winners were RPR top-rated.

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