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  • 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes 1m 4f

  • (group 2) £150,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 31.29s
  • Off time: 15:07:57

Full result

15:05 Ascot Result 21st June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (7) Macarthur 9-0 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 4 11/8f
Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd straight, ridden to tracked leader 2f out, stayed on under pressure throughout final furlong, driven ahead final 75 yards opened 11/8 touched 6/4 £3250-£2000 £1300-£800 £60000-£40000 £30000-£20000 £6000-£4000 £3000-£2000(x2) £1500-£1000(x4) £11000-£8000 £5500-£4000 £2200-£1600 £1375-£1000(x4) £1100-£800(x5) £6250-£5000 £2500-£2000 £7500-£6000 £5000-£4000(x4)
2nd (4) nk Multidimensional (IRE) 9-0 T E Durcan Sir H R A Cecil 5 25/1
Took keen hold early, soon led, settled 2nd after 2f, ridden to lead over 2f out, immediately hung right to rails, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, weakened final 75 yards opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd (5) 5 Maraahel (IRE) 9-0 R Hills Sir Michael Stoute 7 5/1
Awkward start, in touch on outside, 5th straight, driven, went 3rd well over 1f out, stayed on one pace, no chance with leading pair opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £10000-£1300
4th (11) 1 Speed Gifted 9-0 Dane O'Neill L M Cumani 4 14/1
Held up in rear, niggled along 8f out, 8th straight, headway over 1f out, went one pace 4th 1f out opened 8/1 touched 14/1 £5000-£350
5th (3) Yellowstone (IRE) 9-0 J F Egan Jane Chapple-Hyam 4 33/1
Tracked leading pair, 4th, ridden straight, hard ridden 2f out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th (8) Spanish Moon (USA) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 3/1
Took keen hold early, disputing 6th, ridden straight, switched left, ridden, no response 2f out opened 11/4 touched 7/2 £17500-£5000 £7000-£2000(x2) £3500-£1000(x4)
7th (9) ½ Happy Boy (BRZ) 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 9/1
Broke well, led early, steadied in touch, 6th pushed along straight, driven, beaten 2f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
8th (2) Shahin (USA) 9-0 S Sanders M P Tregoning 5 50/1
Led after 2f, ridden, headed over 2f out, soon beaten, eased final furlong opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th (10) hd Hi Calypso (IRE) 9-0 M J Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 4 11/1
In rear, under pressure over 5f out, last, struggling straight opened 14/1 touched 14/1
NR (1) Lucarno (USA) 9-5 J Fortune J H M Gosden 4
NR (6) Supersonic Dave (USA) 9-0 R Hughes B J Meehan 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.80 Tote Place: £1.30,5.60,1.60
Straight Forecast: £44.83 Exacta: £50.30 Trifecta: £173.70

Jackpot: £79,837.31 carried forward to Hereford, 22nd Jun
Placepot: £283.00, Pool: £470703.9, 1213.95 winning tickets
Quadpot: £107.70, Pool: £16920.09, 116.24 winning tickets

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien and Johnny Murtagh's dominance at Royal Ascot continued as MACARTHUR proved too strong for Multidimensional after a two-way battle in the closing stages. Shahin had taken them along at a good clip with Macarthur always prominent just sat in the slipstream of Multidimensional. Ted Durcan made his move on Henry Cecil's charge a long way from home and as he approached the furlong marker he had beaten off all challengers except the Ballydoyle colt. For a moment it looked like Multidimensional might hold on but Macarthur was always gaining and he eventually got his nose in front in the last 30 yards and was driven out by Murtagh to eventually win by a neck. The winner could go for the King George back here at Ascot next while Multidimensional will go off a lot shorter than 25-1 next time as this was a much-improved effort. Maraahel and Speed Gifted stayed on without ever threatening the front two.