Ascot

  • 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner £61,964 2nd £23,489 3rd £11,755 4th £5,861
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 38.40s
  • Off time: 15:07:02
15:05 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Await The Dawn (USA) 4/6
2nd Harris Tweed 12/1
3rd Drunken Sailor (IRE) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (9) 17/11-1 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Await The Dawn (USA) 44
4 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 120 4/61.67
3 (8) 7-02123 Royal blue Calvados Blues (FR) 84
5 9-0 M Al Zarooni Johnny Murtagh 116 14/115.00
4 (4) 1130-42 Royal blue, white cap Campanologist (USA) 27
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor T E Durcan 116 14/115.00
5 (7) 00-4461 Dark blue and red (quartered), red sleeves and cap Drunken Sailor (IRE) 35
Distance Winner
6 9-0 b L M Cumani K Fallon 115 9/110.00
6 (2) 12711-3 White, Red braces, Black cap Harris Tweed 43
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-0 W J Haggas R Hughes 112 12/113.00
7 (10) 2322-21 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Kings Gambit (SAF) 56
7 9-0 T P Tate J P Spencer 111 33/134.00
8 (6) 1211-45 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Laaheb 49
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-0 R Varian R Hills 115 16/117.00
9 (1) 131/31 Royal Blue, Red cap Passion For Gold (USA) 28
Distance Winner
4 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor M Barzalona 113 11/112.00
10 (3) 342-326 RED, BLACK stars, RED sleeves Poet 13
6 9-0 p1 C G Cox A Kirby 115 8/19.00
Non runners
1 (5)2111-65Afsare49-0L M CumaniNon Runner112

Verdict

Await The Dawn is likely to start a deserved favourite on the back of his eye-catching victory in the Group 3 Huxley at Chester last month. Given he's won on soft going, there's no doubting he's the one to beat, but PASSION FOR GOLD looks better value. A high-class two-year-old, he won a Group 1 race on testing ground in France in 2009, but wasn't seen at the track again until last month. A winner of a Listed event at Goodwood when stepped up to today's trip, we probably haven't seen the best of him yet and he's preferred to Calvados Blues and Campanologist, who also represent Godolphin. Laaheb should handle any cut and has claims on his best form, while Drunken Sailor won in Listed company at Newbury last month. Harris Tweed is at his best on soft ground and makes more appeal than Gordon Richards' Stakes winner Kings Gambit.