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Hardwicke Stakes 2021 Racecard

The Hardwicke Stakes is a Group 2 contest held over one mile, three furlongs and 211 yards, on the final day of Royal Ascot, which is traditionally held on the middle Saturday in June.

3:40 Sat 19 Jun HARDWICKE STAKES

Distance: 11f 211y Age: 4yo + Prize: £90,736 Going: Soft

Analyst's Verdict

HUKUM created a good impression when winning one of the most competitive three-year-old handicaps of the season over C&D 12 months ago, and having shaped like a horse who has got more to offer when winning at Goodwood last time, is taken to follow up. Wonderful Tonight handles testing conditions so she's feared most if the rain materialises, ahead of the progressive Ilaraab.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. BANGKOK (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-1
Smart horse. In good form on the AW this year, winning twice at Lingfield, including listed event. Bit below par coming back from 5 weeks off at Chester last month and may have his work cut out here.
2
jockey silks 2. BROOME (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
5
9-1
At least as good as ever this year, winning his first three starts over 1¼m and leaving the impression he's ready for a return to this trip when beaten a short head at the Curragh last time. Player.
3
jockey silks 3. DEJA (FR)
J: David Egan
T: Peter Chapple-Hyam
6
9-1
Smart sort who continued on the up last season, winning Old Newton Cup at Haydock. Not seen to best effect when well-beaten sixth over C&D 6 weeks ago and likely to come up short in this company.
4
jockey silks 4. HIGHEST GROUND (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Sir Michael Stoute
4
9-1
Beat Waldkonig in Haydock novice last June and back on track to some extent when winning a minor event at Leicester this month. Can’t be ruled out given his trainer’s excellent record in this race.
5
jockey silks 5. HUKUM (IRE)
J: Jim Crowley
T: Owen Burrows
4
9-1
Highly-progressive colt last term who came on plenty for his reappearance when resuming winning ways in a listed event at Goodwood last time. Strong traveller who commands the utmost respect.
6
jockey silks 6. ILARAAB (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
9-1
Vastly progressive in 2020 winning 5 times and picked up where he left off to land Jorvik Handicap (11.8f) on return at York last month, powering clear. Likely more to come so rates a serious player.
7
jockey silks 7. JAPAN
J: W. M. Lordan
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
5
9-1
Very progressive in 2019, notably winning the King Edward VII Stakes over C&D at this meeting and the Juddmonte International at York. Has been below that level since though, so others preferred.
8
jockey silks 8. LOGICIAN
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
5
9-1
Unbeaten in 2019, notably winning the St Leger at Doncaster, but has had his problems since and was only third in the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury on return. Should come on from that but bit to prove.
9
jockey silks 9. MOGUL
J: C. T. Keane
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
High-class colt who came good in second half of his 3-y-o campaign, winning Group 1s at Longchamp (Grand Prix de Paris) and Sha Tin (Hong Kong Vase). Excuses in Coronation Cup but must bounce back.
10
jockey silks 10. PABLO ESCOBARR (IRE)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: William Haggas
5
9-1
Gained reward for a string of consistent efforts last season when landing a Group 3 at Goodwood. Possibly needed the run after 8 months off at Newmarket last month but it was an underwhelming effort.
11
jockey silks 11. SIR RON PRIESTLEY
J: Franny Norton
T: Mark Johnston
5
9-1
Tough stayer who has looked better than ever in landing both starts this term, grinding it out in Jockey Club Stakes last month. Too keen a fortnight later in Yorkshire Cup but should bounce back.
12
jockey silks 12. THUNDEROUS (IRE)
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Mark Johnston
4
9-1
Last year's Dante winner at York who got back on track in Group 2 at Newmarket (12f) on return and ran to similar level in Aston Park Stakes last time. Blinkers go on but step forward needed.
13
jockey silks 13. TIGER MOTH (IRE)
J: Adam Kirby
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Very smart colt who finished second in Melbourne Cup in November and was probably unsuited by much softer conditions on return at the Curragh (rider reported he made a noise). Can't be ruled out.
14
jockey silks 14. ALBAFLORA
J: James Doyle
T: Ralph Beckett
4
8-12
Reached a smart level last season and took form up another notch when running away with listed race at Ascot on return. Found out in better company in Coronation Cup so others make more appeal here.
15
jockey silks 15. WONDERFUL TONIGHT (FR)
J: William Buick
T: David Menuisier
4
8-12
Made the Group 1 breakthrough in the Prix de Royallieu (1¾m) on Arc weekend and improved further when landing Fillies' & Mares' over C&D in October. Handles conditions so she's respected.

Betting Forecast : 4/1 4 BROOME, 6/1 6 ILARAAB, 15/2 7.5 HUKUM, 10/1 10 JAPAN, 11/1 11 LOGICIAN, 12/1 12 SIR RON PRIESTLEY, 14/1 14 WONDERFUL TONIGHT, 18/1 18 MOGUL, 18/1 18 HIGHEST GROUND, 18/1 18 TIGER MOTH, 18/1 18 ALBAFLORA, 33/1 33 THUNDEROUS, 50/1 50 BANGKOK, 100/1 100 DEJA, 100/1 100 PABLO ESCOBARR

The race is open to horses aged four and up, with a 3 lb allowance for fillies and mares who take their chance.

The race was established in 1879, and was initially open to three-year-olds, with the last three-year-old winner of the Hardwicke Stakes being Helioscope in 1949. The event is named in honour of the 5th Earl of Hardwicke, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds in the 19th century.

The most successful horse in the history of the Hardwicke Stakes is Tristan, who was trained by Thomas Jennings and won three successive renewals of the race between 1882 and 1884.

The race is often seen as a pathway to the  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a Group 1 race which is held at Ascot the following month over the same trip. The last horse to win both races in the same year was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Harbinger, in 2010.

The 2005 renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes, along with the rest of Royal Ascot that year, took place at York due to Ascot racecourse being renovated.

The leading trainer in the Hardwicke Stakes is Sir Michael Stoute, with eleven winners: Dihistan (1986), Rock Hopper (1991 &1992), Maraahel (2006 & 2007), Harbinger (2010), Sea Moon (2012), Telescope (2014), Snow Sky (2015), Dartmouth (2016) and Crystal Ocean (2018).

The joint-leading jockeys in the Chesham Stakes are Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery, both with seven winners. Piggott’s seven victories in the Hardwicke Stakes came on Elopement (1955), St Paddy (1961), Karabas (1970), Relay Race (1974), Meneval (1977), Critique (1982) and Jupiter Island (1985), while Eddery’s seven wins in the Hardwicke Stakes were with Charlie Bubbles (1975), Orange Bay (1976), Dihistan (1986), Assatis (1989), Rock Hopper (1991 & 1992) and Posidonas (1998).

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Hardwicke Stakes 2021 FAQs

What distance is the Hardwicke Stakes?

1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211 yards

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Saturday

What time is the Hardwicke Stakes?

15:40

What weights are carried in the Hardwicke Stakes?

9 st 1 lb. 3 lb allowance for fillies and mares

What is the purse for the Hardwicke Stakes?

£125,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Hardwicke Stakes*?

Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery, both with seven wins

Who is the leading trainer in the Hardwicke Stakes*?

Sir Michael Stoute, with eleven wins

Who won the Hardwicke Stakes?

You can check out our Hardwicke Stakes results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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