Ascot

  • 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner £113,420 2nd £43,000 3rd £21,520 4th £10,720
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft, Good in places on the Round Course)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 29.60s
  • Off time: 15:06:10
15:05 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sea Moon 3/1
2nd Dunaden (FR) 9/2
3rd Red Cadeaux 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 111-111 White, Emerald Green hoop Aiken 20
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 J H M Gosden W Buick 113 4/15.00
2 (10) 558-215 White and Yellow check, Red sleeves, Yellow cap Allied Powers (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
7 9-0 M L W Bell T P Queally 110 100/1101.00
3 (12) 312 White, light green hoop Calico Cat 28
Distance Winner
4 9-0 A J Lidderdale P Hanagan 108 66/167.00
4 (6) 9111-33 Yellow, royal blue stars, yellow cap Dunaden (FR) 20
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 9-0 M Delzangles C P Lemaire 117 9/25.50
5 (2) 5122-62 Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Fiorente (IRE) 28
Beaten Favourite
4 9-0 p1 Sir Michael Stoute James Doyle 108 25/126.00
6 (11) 3611-63 Royal blue Hunter's Light (IRE) 23
4 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 110 22/123.00
7 (5) 4127-33 yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap Jakkalberry (IRE) 84
Distance Winner
6 9-0 t M Botti S De Sousa 119 16/117.00
9 (1) 51/243-1 Dark Blue Memphis Tennessee (IRE) 43
4 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 117 11/26.50
10 (9) 1115-24 Dark Blue, Gold hoops, White sleeves and cap Quest For Peace (IRE) 21
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 L M Cumani K Fallon 114 16/117.00
11 (8) 323-212 Light Blue and Red diamonds, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap, Light Blue diamond Red Cadeaux 21
Distance Winner
6 9-0 E A L Dunlop T G McLaughlin 116 9/110.00
12 (3) 1/1132-1 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Sea Moon 28
Distance Winner
4 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 121 3/14.00
13 (13) 131120- Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves Testosterone (IRE) 265
Distance Winner
4 8-11 E A L Dunlop Johnny Murtagh 115 20/121.00
Non runners
8 (4)8110-73Masked Marvel49-0J H M GosdenNon Runner119

Verdict

This has the makings of one of the best races of the meeting. Sea Moon will enjoy the conditions and has done better in subsequent races than Masked Marvel, who beat him into third in the St Leger. He didn't get the clearest of runs at Doncaster and should reverse that form with the winner, especially as William Buick, the successful rider, has opted for the in-form Aiken, who loves soft ground and has won his last six races. He had the Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase winner Dunaden behind at Chantilly last time but the latter has taken a while to get back to form after his travels and can come out on top this time. MEMPHIS TENNESSEE has had only six runs in his life and was very close up in the Derby's at Epsom and the Curragh last year. He didn't run again after the Curragh until reappearing in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester where he didn't have too much to do but won like a horse going places this season and this can be the stepping-stone.