Hardwicke Stakes
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Group 2, Ascot 15:40
£250,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1  
Saturday 22nd June 2024

Boylesports

Desert Hero, the son of Sea The Stars, is poised to repeat his Royal Ascot success as he returns to the track this summer. Trainer William Haggas has set his sights on the Hardwicke Stakes, aiming for peak condition.

During last year’s Royal meeting, Desert Hero secured a dramatic victory in the King George V Stakes, etching his name into the record books. This triumph marked the first Royal Ascot champion for both the King and Queen, sparking jubilant celebrations in the royal box.

Following that achievement, Desert Hero continued his winning form by claiming the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. His impressive performance positioned him for a respectable third-place finish in the St Leger, competing in front of his owners.

Although initial discussions of a Melbourne Cup bid were cut short, Desert Hero remains under the care of Somerville Lodge. As he prepares for his four-year-old campaign, he impresses Haggas with his progress at home.

King Charles III and the Queen could well have a live contender in Desert Hero, who made a highly encouraging return over an inadequate trip in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, clawing back the winner Okeechobee at the line after getting done for toe.

Continuous, last season’s St Leger winner and not seen since finishing fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, is poised to make his comeback here, but trainer Aidan O’Brien warned: “We’ve had him away (to work) twice, but he is a big, gross horse who did really mature from last year, so I think no matter what we do he’s definitely going to improve for the run.”

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Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
£250,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
28 remaining entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY (form as of June 11)
1 7/217- Absurde 6 9-3 W P Mullins
2 /22-46 Al Riffa 4 9-3 Joseph O'Brien
3 117-63 Alsakib 4 9-3 Andrew Balding
4 512-72 Arrest 4 9-3 John & Thady Gosden
5 16-824 Astro King 7 9-3 Daniel & Claire Kubler
6 3125-1 Candleford 6 9-3 William Haggas
7 30-413 Cemhaan 7 9-3 George Baker
8 82115- Continuous 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
9 71/673 Crypto Force 4 9-3 Adrian Murray
10 113-25 Desert Hero 4 9-3 William Haggas
11 46-173 Dubai Honour 6 9-3 William Haggas
12 12-114 Elegant Man 4 9-3 Adrian Murray
13 14-214 Goliath 4 9-3 F-H Graffard
14 111-12 Hamish 8 9-3 William Haggas
15 80-156 Hans Andersen 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
16 2-1111 Isle Of Jura 4 9-3 George Scott
17 12-742 Kihavah 7 9-3 Adrian Paul Keatley
18 /22-11 Kyprios 6 9-3 A P O'Brien
19 22-401 Luxembourg 5 9-3 A P O'Brien
20 1171-1 Middle Earth 4 9-3 John & Thady Gosden
21 02-112 Missed The Cut 5 9-3 John W Sadler
22 1301-1 Passenger 4 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute
23 43-061 Point Lonsdale 5 9-3 A P O'Brien
24 21-322 Queenstown 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
25 41-111 Rebel's Romance 6 9-3 Charlie Appleby
26 49-115 Tower Of London 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
27 84-111 White Birch 4 9-3 John Joseph Murphy
28 127-54 Emily Upjohn 5 9-0 John & Thady Gosden

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HARDWICKE STAKES WINNERS

YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

2023 2 PYLEDRIVER William Muir & Chris Grassick P J McDonald 6 9-03 7/2
2022 2 BROOME A P O'Brien Ryan Moore M Matsushima & Mrs J Magnier & M Tabor & D Smith 6 9-03 6/1
2021 2 WONDERFUL TONIGHT David Menuisier William Buick Christopher Wright 4 8-12 5/1
2020 2 FANNY LOGAN John Gosden Frankie Dettori HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing 4-8-12 17/2
2019 2 DEFOE Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum 5-9-01 11/4F
2018 2 CRYSTAL OCEAN Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Sir Evelyn de Rothschild 4-9-01 4/7F
2017 2 IDAHO Aidan O’Brien IRE Seamie Heffernan Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 4-9-01 9/2
2016 2 DARTMOUTH Sir Michael Stoute Olivier Peslier H M The Queen 4-9-01 10/1
2015 2 SNOW SKY Sir Michael Stoute Pat Smullen Khalid Abdullah 4-9-01 12/1
2014 2 TELESCOPE Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 4-9-01 7/4F
2013 2 THOMAS CHIPPENDALE Lady Cecil Johnny Murtagh Sir Robert Ogden 4-9-00 8/1
2012 2 SEA MOON Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Khalid Abdullah 4-9-00 3/1F
2011 2 AWAIT THE DAWN Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 4-9-00 4/6F
2010 2 HARBINGER Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 4-9-00 8/11F
2009 2 BRONZE CANNON John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Anthony Oppenheimer 4-9-03 8/1
2008 MACARTHUR Aidan O’Brien IRE Johnny Murtagh Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor 4-9-00 11/8F
2007 2 MARAAHEL Sir Michael Stoute Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 6-9-00 100/30
06/24/06 2 MARAAHEL Sir Michael Stoute Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 5-9-00 9/2
*05/18/06 2 BANDARI Mark Johnston Willie Supple Hamdan Al Maktoum 6-8-09 10/1
04/19/06 2 DOYEN Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 4-8-09 6/5F
03/21/06 2 INDIAN CREEK David Elsworth Richard Quinn Seymour Cohn 5-8-09 14/1
02/22/06 2 ZINDABAD Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Abdulla Buhaleeba 6-8-12 4/1
01/22/06 2 SANDMASON Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Plantation Stud 4-8-09 12/1
00/23/06 2 FRUITS OF LOVE Mark Johnston Olivier Peslier Mick Doyle 4-8-12 9/2
99/18/06 2 FRUITS OF LOVE Mark Johnston Olivier Peslier Mick Doyle 4-8-12 12/1
98/19/06 2 POSIDONAS Paul Cole Pat Eddery Athos Christodoulou 6-8-09 15/2
97/20/06 2 PREDAPPIO Saeed bin Suroor Gary Stevens Godolphin 4-8-12 6/1
96/21/06 2 OSCAR SCHINDLER Kevin Prendergast IRE Michael Kinane Oliver Lehane 4-8-09 7/4F
95/23/06 2 BEAUCHAMP HERO John Dunlop John Reid Erik Penser 5-8-09 11/2
94/17/06 2 BOBZAO Terry Mills John Reid Terry Mills 5-8-09 11/1
93/18/06 2 JEUNE Geoff Wragg Ray Cochrane Exors of late Sir Robin McAlpine 4-8-09 7/2
92/19/06 2 ROCK HOPPER Michael Stoute Pat Eddery Maktoum Al Maktoum 5-8-12 8/15F
91/21/06 2 ROCK HOPPER Michael Stoute Pat Eddery Maktoum Al Maktoum 4-8-12 5/6F
90/22/06 2 ASSATIS Guy Harwood Ray Cochrane S Harada 5-9-00 50/1
89/23/06 2 ASSATIS Guy Harwood Pat Eddery Khalid Abdullah 4-8-09 4/11F
88/17/06 2 ALMAARAD John Dunlop Willie Carson Hamdan Al Maktoum 5-8-12 6/1
87/19/06 2 ORBAN Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Prince A A Faisal 4-8-09 11/4
86/20/06 2 DIHISTAN Michael Stoute Pat Eddery H H Aga Khan 4-8-09 11/2
85/21/06 2 JUPITER ISLAND Clive Brittain Lester Piggott The Marquess of Tavistock 6-8-09 85/40
84/22/06 2 KHAIRPOUR Fulke Johnson Houghton Steve Cauthen G J Chittick 5-8-12 13/2
83/17/06 2 STANERRA Frank Dunne IRE Brian Rouse Frank Dunne 5-8-09 4/1
82/18/06 2 CRITIQUE Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Garo Vanlan 4-8-09 7/2
81/19/06 2 PELERIN Harry Wragg Brian Taylor Sir Phillip Oppenheimer 4-8-12 7/1
80/20/062 SCORPIO Francois Boutin FR Philippe Paquet Gerry Oldham 4-9-00 2/1F
79/22/06 2 OBRAZTSOVY Ryan Price Brian Taylor Robert Sangster 4-8-09 9/4F
78/23/06 2 MONTCONTOUR Maurice Zilber FR Yves Saint-Martin Mrs H H Hausmann 4-8-12 25/1
77/17/06 2 MENEVAL Vincent O’Brien IRE Lester Piggott Mrs George F Getty II 4-9-00 2/1F
*run at York