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Hardwicke Stakes 2020 Racecard

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

3:00

Friday 19 June

Distance: 11f 211y Age: 4yo + Prize: £125000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. ALOUNAK (FR)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-1
Smart performer in Germany last year, including Group 3 win. Backed at long odds but was well held after 7 months off in Coronation Cup at Newmarket on yard debut, carrying head bit awkwardly.

2
Jocket Silks 2. ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-1
Last year's Derby winner who made a highly encouraging return to action back from 6 months off when 2½ lengths second of 7 to Ghaiyyath in Coronation Cup at Newmarket. The one to beat on that form.

3
Jocket Silks 3. COMMUNIQUE (IRE)
J: Joe Fanning
T: Mark Johnston
5
9-1
Dual Group 2 winner at Newmarket in 2019 but ended that year in a lull and produced a laboured effort in listed event at same track on return 12 days ago. Something to prove at present.

4
Jocket Silks 4. DEFOE (IRE)
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
6
9-1
Very smart gelding who has struggled to hit the same heights since winning this last year, though did have excuses when below form in latest renewal of Coronation Cup at Newmarket. Could bounce back.

5
Jocket Silks 5. DESERT ENCOUNTER (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: David Simcock
8
9-1
Capped off an excellent 2019 by winning the Canadian International at Woodbine for a second year running, but finished a well-beaten last of 7 in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket a fortnight ago.

6
Jocket Silks 6. EAGLES BY DAY (IRE)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Michael Bell
4
9-1
Wide-margin maiden winner who acquitted himself really well when third in the King Edward VII Stakes last year. Bled when well held in the Bahrain Trophy the following month though, and off since.

7
Jocket Silks 7. ELARQAM
J: Jim Crowley
T: Mark Johnston
5
9-1
Came of age in 2019, winning pair of listed races and Group 2 York Stakes before a mighty effort in the Juddmonte. Second in Brigadier Gerard on return, rallying final 100 yds. First try over 1½m.

8
Jocket Silks 8. HAMISH
J: James Doyle
T: William Haggas
4
9-1
Big improver last season, bagging a brace of competitive handicaps at York. Lost nothing in defeat behind Trueshan at Newbury final start, and interesting pitched into a Group 2 on return.

9
Jocket Silks 9. MORANDO (FR)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
7
9-1
Mud lover who was back to his best when powering clear in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes over C&D (heavy) in October. Creditable fourth in this 12 months ago and the more rain the better for him.

10
Jocket Silks 10. SPANISH MISSION (USA)
J: William Buick
T: David Simcock
4
9-1
Put up a big career best to run out a dominant winner of the Bahrain Trophy last July. Added to his tally at Belmont in September, though wasn't at his best at Meydan when last seen in February.

11
Jocket Silks 11. FANNY LOGAN (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John Gosden
4
8-12
Prolific last season, winning 5 times, including 3 listed events and a Group 3 at Newmarket. Made a sound return when second of 5 in the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock but this asks for a touch more.

Analyst's Verdict

ANTHONY VAN DYCK made a highly encouraging return when keeping on well behind the impressive Ghaiyyath in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket, and a reproduction of that form will make him tough to beat here. Elarqam came of age in 2019 and has to be respected on his first try at this trip following a satisfactory return in the Brigadier Gerard, while the unexposed Hamish is a fascinating contender.

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 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Hardwicke Stakes?

1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211 yards

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Friday

What time is the Hardwicke Stakes?

15:00

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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