Royal Ascot 15:00 Racing Odds and Tips June 19 – Anthony Van Dyck should build on promising reappearance

Drop in grade ideal for Van Dyck

Horse Racing Betting

The Hardwicke Stakes is worth £74,000 to the winner.
It’s a Group 2 contest run over 1m4f for four-year-olds and upwards and often attracts some of the top three-year-olds from the year before.

Sir Michael Stoute has trained the winner on eight occasions, four times in the last six years, but doesn’t have a runner this year.

Hardwicke Stakes History

First run in 1879, the race is usually an important stepping stone to the King George V and Queen Elizabeth Stakes also run at Ascot later in the summer. Only two horses have done the double, however – Aureole in 1954 and Harbinger 10 years ago.

Recent Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2006 Maraahel 5 Richard Hills Michael Stoute
2007 Maraahel 6 Richard Hills Michael Stoute
2008 Macarthur 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O’Brien
2009 Bronze Cannon 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden
2010 Harbinger 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute
2011 Await the Dawn 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2012 Sea Moon 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute
2013 Thomas Chippendale 4 Johnny Murtagh Lady Cecil
2014 Telescope 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute
2015 Snow Sky 4 Pat Smullen Michael Stoute
2016 Dartmouth 4 Olivier Peslier Michael Stoute
2017 Idaho 4 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O’Brien
2018 Crystal Ocean 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute
2019 Defoe 5 Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian


  • 92 per cent of the last 12 winners were aged four
  • 92 per cent of the last 12 winners had run in at least seven races
  • 83 per cent of the last 12 winners had run at least twice over 1m4f
  • All recent winners had won at either Group 2 or Group 3 level

Hardwicke Stakes Current Best Odds

Anthony Van Dyck 7/4
Elarqam 4/1
Defoe and Fanny Logan 8/1
Hamish and Morando 12/1
Communique 20/1
Spanish Mission 25/1
Eagles By Day 40/1
Alounak 50/1
Desert Encounter 66/1
(Odds correct at 14:30 BST June 17, 2020)
Horse Racing Betting at Bet365

Hardwicke Stakes Predictions

ANTHONY VAN DYCK won the Epsom Derby last year and was second in the Irish equivalent four weeks later.
He ran poorly in the King George here on his next start but redeemed himself somewhat when third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the end of the year.
Second to the race-fit Ghaiyyath in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket on his reappearance, the O’Brien colt holds last year’s winner Defoe on that run and could be one of the meeting’s bankers at a best 7/4.
Defoe is a lot better than he showed at Newmarket, where he paid the price for trying to keep tabs on the all-the-way winner, and he has place claims again at 8/1 with Bet365.
Elarqam was a Group 2 winner at York last year but connections have chosen a very tough race for him to try 1m4f for the first time. However, the owner’s colours have been frequently seen in the winner’s enclosure already this week so who is to say he won’t last home. Mark Johnston’s five-year-old is a best 4/1 with 888sport but four-year-old have much the best record in this.
Fanny Logan never looked like getting to Manuel De Vega at Haydock and stamina doubts remain for the filly, who is a general 8/1, but Morando could be interesting at a best 12/1 with significant rain. The latter won on his return to action last year was fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes 12 months ago after meeting trouble in-running.

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