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Hardwicke Stakes Tips – Royal Ascot 2021

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When is the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot 2020?
Please note the day and/or time of this race has been changed for 2020
Royal Ascot Friday 19th June 3.00pm
The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
Age: 4yo+
Distance: One mile four furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lbs (3lbs allowance for fillies & mares)
Prize: £225,000
History of the Hardwicke Stakes race at Royal Ascot
First run in 1879 and named after the 5th Earl of Hardwicke. Horses that run well in this race often return to Ascot in July to run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The first horse to do the double was Aureole in 1954, and the most recent was Harbinger in 2010.

Leading jockeys both with seven wins are Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery.

The most successful trainer with an amazing eleven wins to date is Sir Michael Stoute who first saddled the winner in 1986 and his most recent was Crystal Ocean in 2018.

Royal Ascot Hardwicke Stakes Trends and Statistics
Here are the Hardwicke Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics:

  • Age – Eleven of the last twelve winners were aged four the other one was five.
  • Sex – Eleven of the last twelve winners were colts and the other winner a gelding. Mini angle: those colt wins have come from 49 runners a stike rate of 22.45% and a SP profit of £12.59 to level £1 stakes a ROI of 125..69%.
  • Country – Six of the last twelve winners were bred in Great Britain, four in Ireland and two in the USA.
  • Colour – Nine of the last twelve winners were bay (b), two ere brown (br) and one brown/grey (br/gr).
  • Starting Price (SP) – Ten of the last twelve winners have returned a SP of 8/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – Seven of the last twelve winners were the SP favourite and eleven came from the first four in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the last twelve winners wore any headgear.
  • Draw – All of the last twelve winners have been drawn between stalls 2 and nine.
  • Last Run Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners finished in the first three on their latest run, seven of them won. 
  • Day’s Since Last Run – All of the last twelve winners had their last run within 49 days.
  • Course Form – Six of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run at Ascot, just two of them had a previous win at Ascot.
  • Distance Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least two previous runs over one mile four furlongs and at least one win over the distance.
  • Flat Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least seven flat runs. Ten of the last twelve winners had at least three previous flat wins.
  • Official Rating – All of the last twelve winners had a rating of 111 or higher.
  • Group Wins – All of the last twelve winners had at least one win in a Group race.
  • Current Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season, nine of them had at least 1 win that season.
Recent Winners of Hardwicke Stakes
DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORStallDays
19.06.2020Ascot1m4fSoft9Fanny Logan (IRE)Sea The Stars (IRE)4Dettori, LGosden, J H M17/28-12109812d
22.06.2019Ascot1m4fGood8Defoe (IRE)Dalakhani (IRE)5Atzeni, AndreaVarian, Roger11/49-1118722d
23.06.2018Ascot1m4fGood To Firm5Crystal OceanSea The Stars (IRE)4Moore, RyanStoute, Sir Michael4/79-1122435d
24.06.2017Ascot1m4fGood To Firm12Idaho (IRE)Galileo (IRE)4Heffernan, J AOBrien, A P9/29-1117722d
18.06.2016Ascot1m4fGood To Soft9DartmouthDubawi (IRE)4Peslier, OStoute, Sir Michael10/19-1114443d
20.06.2015Ascot1m4fGood To Firm7Snow SkyNayef (USA)4Smullen, P JStoute, Sir Michael12/19-1115236d
21.06.2014Ascot1m4fGood To Firm10Telescope (IRE)Galileo (IRE)4Moore, RyanStoute, Sir Michael7/49-1114844d
22.06.2013Ascot1m4fGood To Firm8Thomas Chippendale (IRE)Dansili4Murtagh, JCecil, Lady8/19-0111842d
23.06.2012Ascot1m4fGood To Soft12Sea MoonBeat Hollow4Moore, RyanStoute, Sir Michael3/19-0121328d
18.06.2011Ascot1m4fSoft9Await The Dawn (USA)Giants Causeway (USA)4Moore, RyanOBrien, A P4/69-0120944d
19.06.2010Ascot1m4fGood To Firm11HarbingerDansili4Moore, RyanStoute, Sir Michael8/119-01201043d
20.06.2009Ascot1m4fGood To Firm9Bronze Cannon (USA)Lemon Drop Kid (USA)4Fortune, JimmyGosden, J H M8/19-3111749d
21.06.2008Ascot1m4fGood To Firm9MacarthurMontjeu (IRE)4Murtagh, JOBrien, A P11/89-00515d
23.06.2007Ascot1m4fGood To Soft7Maraahel (IRE)Alzao (USA)6Hills, RStoute, Sir Michael100/309-0120522d
24.06.2006Ascot1m4fGood To Firm8Maraahel (IRE)Alzao (USA)5Hills, RStoute, Sir Michael9/29-0120444d
18.06.2005York1m4fFirm6Bandari (IRE)Alhaarth (IRE)6Supple, W JJohnston, M10/18-9116515d
19.06.2004Ascot1m4fFirm6Doyen (IRE)Sadlers Wells (USA)4Dettori, LSuroor, Saeed Bin6/58-9121215d
21.06.2003Ascot1m4fFirm9Indian CreekIndian Ridge (IRE)5Quinn, TElsworth, D R C14/18-9118825d
22.06.2002Ascot1m4fGood To Firm7Zindabad (FR)Shirley Heights6Darley, KJohnston, M4/18-12115915d
22.06.2001Ascot1m4fGood To Firm7SandmasonGrand Lodge (USA)4Ryan, WCecil, H R A12/18-9113834d
23.06.2000Ascot1m4fGood To Firm9Fruits Of Love (USA)Hansel (USA)5Peslier, OJohnston, M9/28-121241335d
18.06.1999Ascot1m4fGood To Firm8Fruits Of Love (USA)Hansel (USA)4Peslier, OJohnston, M12/18-12120214d
19.06.1998Ascot1m4fGood To Soft7PosidonasSlip Anchor6Eddery, PatCole, P F I15/28-90114d
20.06.1997Ascot1m4fGood10PredappioPolish Precedent (USA)4Stevens, GarySuroor, Saeed Bin6/18-120424d
The runners in the Hardwicke Stakes

No.FormDHorseA/SW/HGJockeyTrainerMilesStallOROddsHRBCD
2311203214Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)4yo C9-1Moore, RyanOBrien, A PAbroad61187/4269D
11391111212Fanny Logan (IRE)4yo F8-12Dettori, LGosden, J H M88810915/2249
91184821258Morando (FR)7yo G9-1Sousa, Silvestre DeBalding, A M331111612/1245CD
7131137212Elarqam5yo H9-1Crowley, JimJohnston, M24371203/1234
10315213323Spanish Mission (USA)4yo C9-1Buick, WilliamSimcock, D M88411020/1227
3571481512Communique (IRE)5yo H9-1Fanning, JoeJohnston, M2431011416/1219D
5383111714Desert Encounter (IRE)8yo G9-1 HoodMarquand, TomSimcock, D M88211433/1218CD
4342119514Defoe (IRE)6yo G9-1Atzeni, AndreaVarian, Roger8851176/1216CD
8213112238Hamish4yo G9-1Doyle, JamesHaggas, W J88910810/1200
1614Alounak (FR)5yo H9-1Murphy, OisinBalding, A M33111033/1171
6221638344Eagles By Day (IRE)4yo C9-1Tudhope, DanielBell, M L W88310833/1170D

What's Keith's Hardwicke Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot?

Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers.  He's been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, and here's his thoughts ahead of the race:

This field absolutely oozes quality with last years Derby winner and FRT tip ANTHONY VAN DYKE heading the betting. My favourite horse in training ELARQAM also lines up and other leading contenders are DEFOE and FANNY LOGAN.

Keith's final choice

15:00 ANTHONY VAN DYCK 3/1 – What a race in prospect. It is hard to dismiss anything and as you know I just love ELARQAM but this trip is unknown (although I will be having a bet on him too for old times sake). MORANDO has popped out of the notebook, more about that below. FANNY LOGAN is smart but may be found wanting against the boys. Last years winner DEFOE could well bounce right back to form. My selection though is last year's Derby winner ANTHONY VAN DYCK who ran well when second in the Coronation Cup two weeks ago and should be teed up for this race.

How it fared

ANTHONY VAN DYCK 5th – ADV managed to get a slightly boxed in by Ryan Moore then had a bit of argie bargie when DEFOE who finished third shut the door. Take nothing away from FANNY LOGAN she won well under a fine ride by Frankie Dettori.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Hardwicke Stakes:

Leading Contenders
CRYSTAL OCEAN 6/4 – Very classy. Has never finished out of the frame in thirteen starts. Won this race last year.
ENABLE 6/1 – Every superlative known to man has been used to describe this superstar of the turf. She has won eight of her nine races including the Oaks, a King George VI AND Queen Elizabeth Stakes, two Arcs and a Breeders Cup.
SOUTHERN FRANCE 6/1 – Third in last years St Leger and took a significant step forward when runner up to STRADIVARIOUS at York. May find this trip a little on the sharp side.
MASAR 6/1 – Not seen since winning last year’s Derby , but is reportedly working well at home. Will need to be at his best if all of these turn up for the race.

This is what Keith tipped at Ante Post: Last years winner CRYSTAL OCEAN has been installed favourite and could well win again but despite his amazing record he has always been found wanting against top class opposition. I am hoping that ENABLE 6/1 will take up this engagement and she is the one for me.

On the day Keith looked for value and tipped a 14/1 each way shout in the form of SANDS OF MALI

What our members tipped in the 2019 Hardwicke Stakes
Each day we ask our members to select their Pick 6, their NAP for each race of the day.  We then collate all the picks, and present the top selections to our VIP members.  Here's how it went for the Hardwicke Stakes 2019:

Frankie Dettori’s ride Lah Ti Dar is now a non runner and a fair bit of support for it with 21.4%.  It’s between Defoe and Masar now with Defoe just edging it with 24% of the selections.

Royal Ascot Hardwicke Stakes Results

1 Fanny Logan 17/2
2 Alounak 40/1
3 Defoe 6/1
9 ran NR: Desert Encounter, Spanish Mission
Distances: 2½l, 1¾l, ½l Time: 2m 34.49s (slow by 5.99s)

1 Defoe 11/4F
2 Nagano Gold 25/1
3 Mirage Dancer 6/1
8 ran NR: Lah Ti Dar Distances: ½l, 1l, 3l
Time: 2m 31.09s (slow by 2.59s)

Our Verdict

The gamble for Keith didn’t pay off, it’s always tricky when you go against the favourite to find value. Our members chose the favourite and the winner DEFOE though 11/4 is quite short, Nagano Gold nearly managed to beat the favourite, and was beaten by just half a length.

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
111st8Fanny Logan (IRE)48-12109Gosden, J H MDettori, L17/211.083.05
raced quite keenly, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right, clear inside final furlong, pushed out
12nd2.51Alounak (FR)59-1110Balding, A MMurphy, Oisin40/154.5911.5
chased leader until over 3f out, not clear run and switched right over 2f out, squeezed through on inside over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, no impression on winner
43rd1.755Defoe (IRE)69-1117Varian, RogerAtzeni, Andrea6/182.24
mid-division, pushed along to close over 3f out, edged right and held in rival over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, kept on
84th0.59Hamish49-1108Haggas, W JDoyle, James6/18.372.31
held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, switched right and headway inside final furlong, stayed on, never nearer
25thHD6Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)49-1118OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan9/4 (Fav)3.571.63
chased leaders on inside, held in by rival over 2f out, not able to quicken over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression
76thSH7Elarqam59-1120Johnston, MCrowley, Jim11/44.21.71
chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, fading inside final 100 yards
97th0.511Morando (FR)79-1116Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De7/19.292.54
held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, headway and switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong
38th510Communique (IRE)59-1114Johnston, MFanning, Joe40/1609.71
led, headed over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
69th113Eagles By Day (IRE)49-1108Bell, M L WTudhope, Daniel80/1138.0517
last to break, held up towards rear, some headway on inside over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression final 2f

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