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Hardwicke Stakes

15:40 Royal Ascot

2021-06-19

Winner: £90736

Runners: 15

Going:Soft

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 19th June, which is the fifth day of Royal Ascot 2021. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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3(7)
210-76
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Deja

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J: David Egan
T: Peter Chapple-Hyam
6
127
108
127
Second in 1m4f handicap here 12 months ago then went one better in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock (1m4f, soft); disappointing behind Albaflora back over C&D six weeks ago considering he had his favoured soft ground; stiff task.
1(1)
-21814
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Bangkok

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
5
127
111
128
Clung on for second behind Japan over C&D at this meeting in 2019; raced mainly at shorter otherwise and last three wins came over 1m2f on Lingfield's Polytrack; below par back on turf last time; others preferred.
8(13)
1/14-3
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Logician

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
5
127
116
127
St Leger winner at three (good to firm; has won on good to soft) who lost his unbeaten record last October and was again below par when third at Newbury (1m4f; Group 3) five weeks ago, though may be sharper with that reappearance run under his belt; has serious back class and holds each-way possibilities granted a revival.
7(12)
359-13
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Japan

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J: Wayne Lordan
T: A P O'Brien
5
127
117
136
Won the C&D King Edward VII Stakes here two years ago then bagged the Grand Prix de Paris and Juddmonte International (good); drew a blank in 2020 but regained the winning thread in the Ormonde at Chester last month (about 1m5f, good to soft); below-par third in the Coronation Cup since; very good chance if able to show his 3yo form.
2(9)
0-1112
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Broome

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
5
127
115
129
In cracking form at about 1m2f this season, winning three times (Listed, Group 3 and Group 2) then going very close in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh; mixed results over 1m4f, although he was a close fourth in the 2019 Derby (good to firm; has won on soft); major contender, provided he's as effective back up in distance.
10(4)
3310-5
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Pablo Escobarr

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: William Haggas
5
127
108
126
Listed winner on AW in 2019 and Group 3 scorer on good to firm in 2020; well behind Sir Ron Priestley and Thunderous in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket seven weeks ago; addition of visor needs to prompt a clear career best.
11(5)
12/113
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Sir Ron Priestley

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J: Franny Norton
T: Mark Johnston
5
127
116
132
Raced mainly on good/firmer; runner-up to Logician in the 2019 St Leger then missed 2020; returned to action with two all-the-way wins (1m6f/1m4f) this spring, including in a Group 2 at Newmarket; beaten favourite in the Yorkshire Cup last time, below best, but this largely progressive Johnston horse remains of interest.
5(6)
115-41
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Hukum

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Owen Burrows
4
127
114
130
Still has low mileage; successful in 3yo handicap (1m4f, good) at this meeting last year then followed up in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury (about 1m5f, good to soft) before finishing fifth in the St Leger; justified favouritism in Goodwood Listed event (1m4f, soft) four weeks ago, with reappearance under his belt; looks the type to rate higher yet; respected back here.
13(15)
1212-8
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Tiger Moth

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J: Adam Kirby
T: A P O'Brien
4
127
115
130
Low mileage; close second on good in last year's Irish Derby and 2m Melbourne Cup; those good efforts flank an easy success in 1m4f Leopardstown Group 3; something was amiss in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on reappearance (gurgled badly according to rider) in the mud; possibilities if back on song.
9(3)
51-736
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Mogul

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J: Colin Keane
T: A P O'Brien
4
127
117
137
Group 1 winner in France and Hong Kong last year, both on good; yet to find his top form this term and was well behind his brother/stablemate Japan in the Coronation Cup most recently; opposed after that heavy defeat.
12(14)
21-732
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Thunderous

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Mark Johnston
4
127
109
126
Had a setback after beating Highest Ground in last year's unique post-Derby Dante; not disgraced over 1m4f at Newmarket (third to stablemate Sir Ron Priestley) and Newbury last month but needs improvement in first-time headgear.
15(11)
21511-
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Wonderful Tonight

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J: William Buick
T: David Menuisier
4
124
117
135
Absent since Group 1 win against her own sex here on Champions Day last October (1m4f, soft); improving filly who has a fighting chance if returning in the same form but requires a downpour; all wins on soft/heavy.
4(8)
120-61
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Highest Ground

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Sir Michael Stoute
4
127
109
125
Lightly raced Frankel colt who finished second in the 2020 Dante; justified favouritism in conditions race at Leicester (good to firm) last week when upped to 1m4f and wearing a tongue-tie for first time; unexposed at this trip and trainer has a superb Hardwicke record; interesting.
14(2)
622-14
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Albaflora

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J: James Doyle
T: Ralph Beckett
4
124
113
131
Strong performance in Listed race over C&D (soft) on seasonal debut, bounding clear to beat a subsequent Group scorer by 7l; came up short in the Coronation Cup; return to this venue may suit but she ideally needs rain.
6(10)
1111-1
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Ilaraab

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
127
111
129
Highly progressive colt who continued his winning streak in York handicap (upped to 1m4f, good to soft) on seasonal debut, taking record to 6-7 and earning a smart RPR; also won on good and soft; may not have stopped improving yet and has to be feared despite being launched into deeper waters; looks a Group-race colt.

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Hukum
There should be more to come from HUKUM, who is taken to record a second Royal Ascot success. Ilaraab just keeps on winning and he is feared most, ahead of Highest Ground whose trainer has won this race 11 times. Broome has major claims if proving as effective back over 1m4f, while his stablemates Japan and Tiger Moth are also difficult to dismiss. A few others also have possibilities in a competitive Hardwicke.

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