The Hardwicke Stakes is renowned as one of the strongest Group Two races in the entire flat season and helps to conclude Royal Ascot on the Surrey meeting’s final day.
Run over a distance of 1m 4f, it’s a race where middle-distance specialists get a crack at the £200,000 prize money.
Sir Michael Stoute has earned a fair wedge from winning this race over the years, with the Newmarket trainer claiming eight triumphs between his first in 1986 and his last, with Telescope, 12 months ago.
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Eagle Top: John Gosden’s four-year-old was fourth in Group 3 company on his seasonal reappearance, having signed off last year’s efforts with a fourth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Hillstar: An impressive 2014 saw Hillstar string six consecutive top-two finishes together, which included the silver medal in this and ended with two wins. Is yet to stretch the legs this year though.
Mahsoob: Eye-catching in the brief time he’s been racing, Mahsoob is undefeated in three runs under rules but has never entered Group company thus far.
Postponed: Third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his last outing, Luca Cumani’s four-year-old will be stepping back up in trip after two runs over 10 furlongs. His last run at this distance was a Group 2 win in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.
Snow Sky: The half-length win over Brown Panther that Snow Sky secured in the Yorkshire Cup last time out ended a three-race wait for his fourth win on the flat. Was fourth behind Eagle Top in the King Edward Stakes at last year’s meeting.
Telescope: Since beating Hillstar to the post in this last year, Telescope spent the next four outings outside the winner’s enclosure. Thankfully for Sir Michael, that run ended with his last run, albeit in non-Group company.
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