Horse Racing
Hardwicke Stakes – Form Comments

22/06/2018 17:39

G2 – 2392m – Turf

1 Barsanti A fast-finishing second in this race last season, this consistent gelding held on gamely by a neck in a course and distance Listed event on his 2018 return with the second horse boosting the form with a subsequent victory.  Fast ground is ideal.
2 Cliffs Of Moher A G2 winner who makes a quick reappearance three days after his 11L fourth to Poet’s Word in a shorter G1 here on Wednesday. Runner-up in last year’s Derby at Epsom over this distance which may perhaps help this classy colt here.
3 Crystal Ocean Sure to start favourite to give his trainer an 11th win in this. Seems to be getting better and better and is unbeaten in two starts this year, dazzling with a G3 Newbury win on fast ground over around this distance last time. Tends to sit near the speed.
4 Idaho Won this last year and showed that he has retained his ability when winning comfortably on his 2018 UK reappearance in a G3 over further than this at Chester. He then flopped in a G1 at Epsom but still must be respected. Tactically versatile.
5 Rare Ryhthm Withdrawn
6 Red Verdon A five-times winner who is surprisingly running at Ascot for the first time. In good form this season and placed in a G2 (Newmarket) and a G3 (Sandown) on his last two starts but on ratings has something to find and may need slow ground.