Hardwicke Stakes Guide

1. Communique

Trainer - Mark Johnston

Jockey - Franny Norton

The first runner in the Hardwicke Stakes is the Mark Johnston trained Communique who is horse that holds plenty of ability but does give a mixed bag of performances in the big races.

His second run of the season at Newmarket was one of his best to date landing the Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes, beating some nice runners.

Stepping up to Group 1 in the Coronation Stakes found him out slightly and if he wants to challenge in this field he will need to get back to his best and reverse some form.

2. Defoe

Trainer - Roger Varian

Jockey - Andrea Atzeni

This five year old gave a career best performance last time out when landing his first Group 1 in the Coronation Stakes at Epsom and off the back of that form has a live chance in this one.

This gelding has performed well all season but that shock win in the Group 1 at the Derby meeting has propelled him to a different level and is one to consider.

3. Masar

Trainer - Charlie Appleby

Jockey - James Doyle

The 2018 Epsom Derby winner Masar returns for his first run since landing the Group 1 Classic last year and if he performs anything like that run he will be tough to beat.

It does seem as if he will need the run after being off the track with injury for a long period of time but he does hold bundles of ability and is another to watch out for if being back to his best.

4. Mirage Dancer

Trainer - Sir Michael Stoute

Jockey - Pat Dobbs

Mirage Dancer is a classy five year old and in any other race would be feared, but it does look like he will need a career best to go close in this one but if there is one trainer that can do it, it's Sir Michael Stoute.

The trainer has a superb record in this race and Mirage Dancer on his seasonal debut landed a decent Listed contest at Goodwood and if giving that sparkling performance could enter the frame.

5. Morando

Trainer - Andrew Balding

Jockey - Silvestre De Sousa

The ground looks to be changing for the worst in Morando's case with the Andrew Balding trained six year old liking slow and soft ground and the Ascot turf constantly drying could see him find it tough.

He has won some nice Group 3's and started the season of nicely at Chester beating St Leger winner Kew Gardens easily. However, he was poor in the Coronation Stakes and it will take everything dropping his way to finish in the placings here.

6. Nagano Gold

Trainer - Vaclav Luka Jnr

Jockey - Cristophe Soumillon

This Czech Republic raider is the outsider of the field but does have some nice figures from doing the majority of his racing in France.

He is very much an unknown entity heading into this race but it looks as if it will be a stiff task to see him go close but there has been some big each way prices so far this week.

7. Salouen

Trainer - Sylvester Kirk

Jockey - Oisin Murphy

Oisin Murphy gets the leg up on Salouen who is a very progressive five year old and it is about time this horse landed his first group 1 after coming so close in previous events.

He has placed in some superb events during his career, at Epsom last year being pipped on the line by Cracksman in the Coronation Cup and finishing third in the same event this year.

He has landed Listed events with his last coming over course and distance on his seasonal debut and off the back of his two runs this year he has to be feared.

8. Southern France

Trainer - Aidan O'Brien

Jockey - Ryan Moore

The penultimate runner is Aidan O'Brien's only chance in the contest and this four year old has some smart form heading into the race from both his runs this season.

His seasonal debut at Navan was a good third behind Master Of Reality who finished a narrow third in Thursday's Gold Cup and on his latest he was a narrow second behind Gold Cup winner Stradivarius.

That form reads extremely well heading into this contest and he has to be taken seriously.

9. Lah Ti Dar

Trainer - John Gosden

Jockey - Frankie Dettori

The final runner is the superb Lah Ti Dar for top connections and she is the only filly in the line up and getting a nice allowance could mean all the difference.

She flopped in the Coronation Cup last time out but before that finished a good second in the St Leger last season and also won nicely at York in a Fillies Group 2 to start her season.

If she finds her best form she will be tough to beat but will need to be at the races to go well in a tough field.

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER.2 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
🥊 Tyson Fury to win by KO/TKO/DQ @ 100/1! 🥊
New Customers bet max £1 bet on Tyson Fury to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification and get a £5 Live Casino bonus;' 40x wagering to release winnings; 3 day expiry. If Tyson wins, get the Enhanced odds paid in free bets; to be used on any sports market; cashed out bets excluded. Offer available from 09:00GMT on Friday 14th February 2020 and 04:00GMT on Sunday 23rd February 2020. Credit or Debit card only, minimum deposit £5. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET!
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🚀 GET UP TO £50 IN FREE BETS 🚀
New customers only. Min deposit £20 to £50 to get free bets. Free bets rewarded as 4 free bets that total deposit amount. Free bets unlocked when real money bets (min odds 1/2) totalling free bet amount are placed within first 7 days. Min odds 1/2, 2+ legs & expire in 7 days. Winnings credited in cash. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Free Bets 🌟
New customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet add odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 free sports bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 casino bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the casino bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Credit/debit card deposits only. Geographical restrictions and T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
🏆£20 RISK FREE first bet at Paddy Power on any sports market - money back in CASH if your selection loses 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 Bet £5 & Get £20 in Free Bets! 🔵
18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T&Cs apply
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 In Free Bets 🚀
New Customers Only in UK. Min Deposit: £10. Free Bet up to £30. Credit/Debit Card deposits only. Free Bet credited upon playthrough of first deposit. Deposit must be wagered at 3/4 (1.75)+ Full Terms Apply
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.