Royal Ascot - At The Races

15:40 Ascot 24 Jun 2017

Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £127,598 - 12 ran


1m 3f 211y

Good to Firm

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

  • Winner: Dartmouth
  • Jockey: O Peslier
  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: The Queen
  • Age: 4 Weight: 9st 1lb
  • Starting Price: 10/1
  • Season Form Figures: 11
  • Previous Best: 1st - Ormonde Stakes (Group 3), Chester (May 2016)

Sir Michael Stoute looks set to run Dartmouth and Poet’s Word as he goes in search of Hardwicke Stakes victory Number 11 believe it or not, and a four-timer following Telescope, Snow Sky and Dartmouth in the last three years. Other trainers to note are Mark Johnston, Saeed Bin Suroor and Aidan O’Brien with four, two and two winners respectively. O’Brien’s two winners have been achieved in the last eight years and he could saddle Highland Reel who escapes a Group 1 penalty so could bid to go one place better than last year in his prep to win back-to-back King Georges.

The Group 1 penalty for the Hardwicke Stakes was dispensed with four years ago so how relevant that only Assatis in 1990 was a former Group 1 winner in over a quarter of a century is, I will leave up to you to decide. As for Group 2 or Group 3 winners yet to win at the highest level, they have been responsible for 20 of the last 22 winners and ten of the last 15 winners had won a Group race earlier in the season.

At the age of six in 1985, Jupiter Island is the only winner over the age of five since 1905. Four-year-olds supplied the 1-2-3 last season and have won the last nine runnings.

The Coronation Cup has been the best guide signposting seven of the last 19 winners, all of which finished between third and sixth.

The Coronation Cup has been the best guide signposting seven of the last 19 winners, all of which finished between third and sixth. It could be that the 1-2-4, Highland Reel, Frontiersman and Journey, will cross swords again here.

The John Porter winner also has a good record here with two of the last eight (Maraahel and Harbinger) also going on to win. Muntahaa took this year’s edition. The Huxley Stakes at Chester has also been a good guide as four of the last five winners of that Group 3 race to run in the Hardwicke Stakes have notched up three wins and a second. Deauville beat Poet’s Word into second back in May.

Trip-wise, only Indian Creek and Await The Dawn in the last 21 years were recording their first success over at least 1m4f so don’t look to contenders primarily known as being 1m2f horses as this 1m4f takes some getting – stick to proven 1m4f horses. All but one of the last 16 winners had placed at worst in a Group race earlier in the season, the omission being Sea Moon who won a Listed race.

Other stats to note are that Stanerra back in 1983 was the last successful filly/mare and was winning here just three days after also taking the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes though very few have tried recently, and the favourite has won four of the last seven runnings.

At a glance summary

Won a Group race earlier in the season
Trained by Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute, Saeed Bin Suroor or Aidan O’Brien
Ran in the Coronation Cup (notably if finished between third-sixth)
The John Porter Stakes and Huxley Stakes winners
Aged 6+
Failed to win a Group 2 or Group 3 race
Failed to have won over at least 1m4f
Not finished in the first three in a Group race this season

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good to Soft 9 Dartmouth 4 4 9 1 - 1153-11 43 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) O Peslier 10/1 2:32.06
2015 Good to Firm 7 Snow Sky 2 4 9 1 - 41237-1 36 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) P J Smullen 12/1 2:31.51
2014 Good to Firm 10 Telescope 8 4 9 1 - 1121-22 44 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) R L Moore 7/4 2:27.45
2013 Good to Firm 8 Thomas Chippendale 8 4 9 0 - 1158-22 42 days Lady Jane Cecil (88 miles) Johnny Murtagh 8/1 2:30.65
2012 Good 12 Sea Moon 3 4 9 0 - 11132-1 28 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) R L Moore 3/1 2:29.60
2011 Soft 9 Await The Dawn 9 4 9 0 - 1711-1 44 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) R L Moore 4/6 2:38.40
2010 Good to Firm 12 Harbinger 3 4 9 0 - 1173-11 43 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) R L Moore 8/11 2:27.36
2009 Good to Firm 9 Bronze Cannon 3 4 9 3 - 735-331 49 days J Gosden (88 miles) J Fortune 8/1 2:27.59
2008 Good to Firm 9 Macarthur 7 4 9 0 - 336-713 15 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) Johnny Murtagh 11/8 2:31.29
2007 Good to Soft 8 Maraahel 4 6 9 0 - 265-113 22 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) Richard Hills 10/3 2:35.47