Today's racecards

Ascot

  • 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner £120,962 2nd £45,860 3rd £22,951 4th £11,433
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 30.65s
  • Off time: 15:05:45
15:05 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Thomas Chippendale (IRE) 8/1
2nd Dandino 10/1
3rd Universal (IRE) 10/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (9) 72127-2 yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap Dandino 49
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-0 M Botti L Dettori 113 10/111.00
3 (4) 1202-31 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Ektihaam (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 R Varian P Hanagan 115 9/43.25
4 (5) 11150-1 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Mount Athos (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-0 L M Cumani J P Spencer 117 11/43.75
5 (1) 142-341 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Noble Mission 28
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 h Lady Cecil T P Queally 111 12/113.00
6 (6) 8184-11 Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Sir John Hawkwood (IRE) 36
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 110 6/17.00
7 (7) 13430-1 Royal blue Songcraft (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-0 p1 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 106 20/121.00
8 (8) 1158-22 Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Thomas Chippendale (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 Lady Cecil J P Murtagh 111 8/19.00
9 (2) 392111 Yellow, dark blue sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, dark blue star Universal (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 M Johnston J Fanning 114 10/111.00
Non runners
1 (3)111442-Aiken59-0J H M GosdenWilliam Buick112

Verdict

Sir Michael Stoute loves this race and has won it three times in the past seven years. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD has something to find on official figures as he steps out of handicap company but he was conceding 20lb to the runner-up when completing a double at York and a chance is taken that he's made sufficient progress. It's impossible to find one without a chance among his eight rivals and Ektihaam, beaten just over a length by Al Kazeem in Sandown's Gordon Richards Stakes when Thomas Chippendale was just in front, reversed the form with the latter in no uncertain terms over this course and distance last month and has to be rated a serious threat. Universal showed his battling qualities when fighting back to beat Dandino in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket but the runner-up was having his first start since December and will be primed for action in this. The remaining quartet are all quite capable of winning this extremely competitive affair.