Telescope to repeat Hardwicke Stakes victory
The 3.40 race at Royal Ascot on Saturday is the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes for four-year-olds and upwards over a mile and a half.
Sir Michael Stoute saddles Telescope, an impressive seven-length winner of this race last year under Ryan Moore.
The five-year-old son of Galileo has always been held in high regard but injury prevented him from contesting the Derby in 2013. He showed himself to be a top class middle-distance performer when winning the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York later that season.
He was second to Taghrooda in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes here in July last year and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Race fitness may have caught him out at Newmarket in May but he looked right back to his best last time when winning by six lengths from Dubday.
Eagle Top cruised to an easy victory here last summer in the King Edward VII Stakes, beating Adelaide by three and a half lengths. The value of that form was underlined by the runner-up who won the valuable Cox Plate in October. He finished behind Telescope here in July and needed the run when only fourth to stable companion Western Hymn at Sandown.
Luca Cumani is represented by Postponed, a four-year-old by Dubawi out of a mare by Dubai Destination.
He won at York in August and got within three-quarters of a length of Western Hymn at Sandown in April. He made the running at the Curragh last time but was just reeled in close home by Al Kazeem and Fascinating Rock.
Snow Sky beat Brown Panther in the Yorkshire Cup last month by half a length. He was also third in the St Leger in September, form which suggests that he is much more of a stayer. He finished behind Postponed in last season’s Great Voltigeur Stakes at this trip in August.
Red Cadeaux needs no introduction to Australian racing fans, a gallant runner-up in two Melbourne Cups. He was also second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April before running moderately at Sha Tin. He will surely find this trop on the sharp side at the age of nine while Hillstar, runner-up last year, has not raced since October. He won the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine on that occasion but usually needs a race to put him straight.
Telescope – Hardwicke Stakes (Royal Ascot 3.40 Saturday) @2.25 Sportsbet