Royal Owned Dartmouth The Favourite For Hardwicke Stakes Glory

Saturday 24th June 2017, 3.40pm - Hardwicke Stakes (Royal Ascot)

We come to the 5th and final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday but there is still plenty of great action to come with the Hardwicke Stakes one of the highlights. The Hardwicke is a Group 2 contest run over a trip of 1m4f, and it is for horses aged four and older.

  • Sir Michael Stoute has won the Hardwicke a remarkable TEN times, including five of the last seven renewals
  • 4YO horses have won the Hardwicke Stakes for the last nine years on the bounce

Saturday 24th June - 3.40pm OddsWon/LostBet
Hardwicke Stakes    
Tips Western Hymn each way    Best Bet @ 16 / 1  

A Royal Winner To Finish The Week Off?

A Royal winner at Royal Ascot is always greeted with delight and there is every chance the Queen could be in the winners' enclosure on Saturday afternoon with Dartmouth set to start a warm order for the Hardwicke.

Trained by the incomparable Sir Michael Stoute, who has won this race ten times, Dartmouth comes into this race as the defending champion, having beaten Highland Reel in 2016, which has turned out to be form of the highest order.

That win, and his recent Yorkshire Cup win did come with some cut in the ground which would be a slight worry here but he has course and distance form, and as such he is the 2/1 favourite with Ladbrokes.

Competitive Contest In Prospect

Punters looking to take on the jolly in the Hardwicke have plenty of options with a number of these set to run well.

Wings Of Desire (6/1) certainly falls into that bracket for John Gosden based on his 2nd placed finish in the King George last season over course and distance, and a repeat of that run will put him right in the mix. Idaho (13/2) is another one from the Derpy last year with his 3rd place at Epsom decent form, although he will need to bounce back from an average run in the Coronation Cup for Aidan O'Brien.

Muntahaa (14/1) was well beaten by Dartmouth in the Yorkshire Cup but a sounder surface should suit him, whilst Across The Stars (16/1) won the King Edward last year which is interesting but needs more on recent form.

Dal Harraild will love the quick ground but he needs to prove he is good enough in this company at 25/1 which means we are going to taker an each-way flyer on Saturday...

The John Gosden trained Western Hymn was good enough to finish 3rd in the Prince Of Wales's last season, and he has been sparked into life with headgear on his last two starts. He is clearly a quirky animal which is always a slight worry but he will stay longer than the mother in law, and that means he is an each-way punt at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

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Posted: Friday, 23rd June 2017

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