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16:20 Ascot

Good To Firm

Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £141775
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: /0421- CD

Last run: 336 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won the 2021 Coronation Cup but proved no match for Hukum in same contest last year; finished in front of that rival at Meydan the time before, however; landed the 2022 King George over C&D (on fast ground) when last seen but the race fell apart with most rivals failing to show their form; had a couple of setbacks since and may need this outing to put him spot-on for another crack at the July showpiece.

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5th

7

(6)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Yet to race on heavy, appears to act on any other ground; often hangs but he's a cracking horse and won this contest 12 months ago, albeit having been somewhat helped by the market leaders failing to show their form; subsequently absent until following up in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot five weeks ago when taking record over C&D to 3-3; bids to defend his crown in a red-hot renewal but looks sure to give it his best shot.

7/1

1st

6

(5)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Won the 2021 Coronation Cup but proved no match for Hukum in same contest last year; finished in front of that rival at Meydan the time before, however; landed the 2022 King George over C&D (on fast ground) when last seen but the race fell apart with most rivals failing to show their form; had a couple of setbacks since and may need this outing to put him spot-on for another crack at the July showpiece.

7/1

1st

3

(4)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

led, headed but prominent after 2f, led again over 2f out, shaken up and edged right over 1f out, soon ridden and hung left, clear when hung right final 110yds, kept on well, hung left towards finish

25/1

16/1

Form: 613-31

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Gelded prior to Group 3 win at Longchamp (good to soft) two weeks ago, taking strike-rate over 1m2f to 4-5; not disgraced in Jockey Club Stakes the time before but that took his 1m4f record to 0-3 and he should be more interesting when back down in distance.

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Form: 1151-3 CD BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Front-running Ballydoyle colt who held on narrowly from wayward Grand Alliance in the King Edward VII Stakes at this meeting last year (1m4f, good to firm; final 3yo start), following his fifth-place finish in the Derby; may still have more to offer and looks interesting back here with Chester reappearance (third in the Ormonde; seemed to need the run) under his belt.

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3rd

2

(1)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Changingoftheguard

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Front-running Ballydoyle colt who held on narrowly from wayward Grand Alliance in the King Edward VII Stakes at this meeting last year (1m4f, good to firm; final 3yo start), following his fifth-place finish in the Derby; may still have more to offer and looks interesting back here with Chester reappearance (third in the Ormonde; seemed to need the run) under his belt.

8/1

3rd

3

(4)

11th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:15 Chester

Changingoftheguard

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong

9/4

1st

1

(3)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Changingoftheguard

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

sweating, pushed along and pressed leader early, soon led, pushed along over 4f out, ridden under 3f out, narrow lead 1f out, stayed on, just did enough

7/4

OUR TIP

Form: 21214- D BF

Last run: 235 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Progressive and has a solid record; won Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket (1m5f, good to firm) and Group 2 Great Voltigeur at York (1m4f, good) last summer, then ran creditably when favourite for the Melbourne Cup; may well improve further this year and has possibilities on reappearance.

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4th

3

(5)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Deauville Legend

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Raced mostly on good/firmer; solid 2022 campaign featured a success in the Great Voltigeur and creditable fourth in the Melbourne Cup; unable to repeat that form during a light 2023 season but holds good claims provided he takes well to first-time blinkers on 2024 reappearance.

4/1

4th

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 1

18:20 Windsor

Deauville Legend

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Last season was a good one, winning the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur before finishing fourth when favourite for the Melbourne Cup; made an encouraging reappearance in the Group 2 Hardwicke (1m4f) and his no-show in the King George (pulled hard; 33-1) was the first poor performance of his career; boasts compelling form claims back at Listed level; first-time cheekpieces.

2/1

9th

2

(9)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Deauville Legend

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: James Ferguson

Successful in the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur last summer before running creditably when favourite for the Melbourne Cup (soft); respectable fourth to Pyledriver in the Hardwicke (C&D, good to firm) on reappearance and he's yet to run a bad race; however, this looks his stiffest-ever assignment.

25/1

Form: 11/1-1 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Talented daughter of Galileo; acts on soft and good to firm ground; overcame severe interference to win the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (1m4f) on sole run last season; followed up in the Middleton at York (1m2f; another Group 2) on 2023 reappearance, taking career record to 6-8 and beating Rogue Millennium who gave the form a timely boost by winning the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes here on Wednesday; very productive and could well rate higher still; highly respected back up in trip.

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5th

2

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Free Wind

9st 7lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start

7/2

2nd

2

(3)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Free Wind

9st 9lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

in rear, switched left against near rail soon after start

9/2

Form: 2853-1 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Quirky sort who might have collared Changingoftheguard in the King Edward VII over C&D 12 months ago had he kept a true line; regained the winning thread in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, soft) on sole outing this term, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; this is a harder task.

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4th

3

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Grand Alliance

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort whose best effort came with clearcut Group 3 win at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in April, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; no show in Group 2 at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm; ran well with the same conditions there one year earlier) on his only run since; Ryan Moore rides him for the first time; major work to do even on best form.

12/1

6th

4

(2)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Grand Alliance

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort who might have collared Changingoftheguard in the King Edward VII over C&D 12 months ago had he kept a true line; regained the winning thread in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, soft) on sole outing this term, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; this is a harder task.

28/1

1st

3

(1)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Grand Alliance

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Fellowes

Had his quirks last term (gelded before final start; wore headgear last four) and going very close in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m4f) remains clearly his highest rating; first start on softer than good was his respectable third to Max Vega in Group 3 over C&D (heavy) last October; even peak form may not be good enough.

25/1

18/1

Form: 34-324

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Successful in last year's Italian Derby when with a German yard; consistent efforts over 1m6f/2m at Meydan for new stable this year, most recently fourth in Group 2 contest; doesn't shape as if he's crying out for this return to 1m4f; faces a tough assignment on ratings to boot.

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7th

1

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Ardakan

9st 3lb

J: James McDonald

T: Marco Botti

Successful in last year's Italian Derby when with a German yard; consistent efforts over 1m6f/2m at Meydan for new stable this year, most recently fourth in Group 2 contest; doesn't shape as if he's crying out for this return to 1m4f; faces a tough assignment on ratings to boot.

18/1

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Non-runners

Hukum

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Payout
Straight Forecast £235.90
Tricast £1339.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Free Wind

RP RATINGS:

Hukum

The Times:

Deauville Legend

TOPSPEED:

Pyledriver

NEWMARKET:

Free Wind

Telegraph:

Free Wind

D Express:

Free Wind

Daily Mirror:

Free Wind

The Star:

Free Wind

Daily Record:

Free Wind

POSTDATA:

Hukum

LAMBOURN:

Hukum

The Guardian:

Hukum

Daily Mail:

Hukum

The Sun:

Hukum