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  • 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 2) £200,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • 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
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 29.60s
  • Off time: 15:06:10

Moon Hardwicke hero

Arc odds slashed after Ascot success

Last Updated: 23/06/12 3:39pm

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Sea Moon: Impressive winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot

Sea Moon: Impressive winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot

3-1 favourite Sea Moon was an impressive winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot under a confident Ryan Moore ride.

Testosterone set out the early pace and turning for home the challengers were stacking up behind her.

However none had any answer as Moore unleashed the Sir Michael Stoute-trained winner down the centre of the track and he swept clear in a matter of strides.

Melbourne Cup one-two Dunaden (9-2) and Red Cadeaux (9-1) came through for second and third but the winner had flown, Sea Moon going on to score by three-and-a-quarter lengths.

Sky Bet halved the winner in price to 10-1 for the Arc and introduced Dunaden to their betting at 20s.

An unlucky third in last year's Ladbrokes St Leger, Sea Moon had been only workmanlike on his reappearance at Goodwood last month, scraping home from Dandino in a Listed race.

Stoute said: "I was disappointed with his performance at Goodwood, but there was mitigation for it. Today he settled nicely and picked up so well - I'm thrilled with him.

"It was tight with two (furlongs) to run at Goodwood - Ryan said he was never going to get beat, but I wasn't so sure. Ryan said he couldn't ride him like that again, he doesn't want to be in front. He will come back here for the King George."

Jockey Impressed

Moore said: "I thought he might have his work cut out but I was delighted with him. He travelled smoothly and picked up real well.

"He progressed as the season went on last year and hopefully he will again, but this was a very good performance."

Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah's racing manager, said: "It would be nice if we have similar ground for the King George."

Dunaden could also head to Ascot next month for the King George on July 21. Trainer Mikel Delzangles said: "He ran a very good race. He was a bit unlucky because he was stuck when the horses slowed up. He quickened very well and the King George is a possibility."

Melbourne Plan

Ed Dunlop was again proud of the laudably consistent Red Cadeaux, who will be primed for another Melbourne Cup bid.

He said: "He ran a very good race. Dunaden has now beaten us three times, and I think he's proved he's the better horse. Hopefully we won't have to bump into him too often. We'll freshen him up and give him one more run before going back to Melbourne."

John Gosden said of the fourth-placed Aiken: "It was a good run and we had to kick on early otherwise he'd have been trapped. We'll freshen him up and look for a race like the Grand Prix de Deauville."

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