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Hardwicke Stakes Odds: O'Brien hoping for Continuous success

The final afternoon of Royal Ascot is another quality affair and amongst the early skirmishes is the Hardwicke Stakes, a Group 2 contest run over the classic mile-and-a-half trip.

Recent winners include the likes of Pyledriver, Broome, Wonderful Tonight and Crystal Ocean.

This year it will see the reappearance of the 2023 St Leger winner, Continuous, as Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore look for yet more success on what has been a superb week for them already.

Hardwicke Stakes

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The 2023 St Leger winner at Doncaster. He was second over this C&D behind subsequent Champion Stakes winner King Of Steel at this meeting and also won the Great Voltigeur at York before his Town Moor Classic win.

Signed off with a good fifth in the Arc and his trainer has suggested a more positive ride might have helped there. Those tactics are set to be deployed now and, again, the trainer has reported himself happy to come here with a fresh horse.

Middle Earth

Roaring Lion colt is a prolific winner, taking overall record to 4-6 on turf with seasonal debut win in a Newbury Group 3 over this trip last month. The runner-up scored in Listed company at Goodwood next start.

Still low-mileage and comes out second-best on official ratings with a chance of further improvement as Oisin Murphy looks to add his impressive tally here this week.

Desert Hero

Won a handicap over course and distance last year at this meeting and added the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood before finishing third as Continuous bagged the St Leger.

Second in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown on seasonal bow but disappointed (fifth) as Middle Earth won at Newbury since. Every chance of a bounce back for top connections in the Royal silks.

Isle Of Jura

New Approach gelding arrives into this having won five of his last six starts. The bulk of those came in Bahrain in the off season but stayed on well over 1m2f to win a Goodwood Listed contest in May on his UK return. Has a little more on his plate but still on the up.

Missed The Cut

Won a handicap at his meeting in 2022 over 1m2f when trained by George Boughey. Plying his trade in the United States predominantly now but has been in good form there and wouldn't be dismissed in a first-time tongue-tie back on these shores.


The veteran in this line-up at six-years-old. Won the Duke Of Edinburgh over C&D at this meeting in 2022 and comes here off the back of a Curragh Listed success in May, his second win in that grade. This will demand a personal best.


Four-time winner in France including at Group 3/Listed level. Ground as fast as this is an unknown factor and the French wait for a first Royal Ascot winner since 2019 remains in place after some hefty disappointments already this week.

Crypto Force

Time Test colt missed 574 days following his Group 2 Beresford Stakes win at the Curragh in September 2022 and has been safely held in three runs back for new trainer Adrian Murray. Was however third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last month and gets relief from Group 1 company now at least.

Elegant Man

American-bred son of Arrogate, quickly progressed on the synthetic surfaces, winning the Easter Classic at Newcastle in March on fourth start. Well held since in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup when fourth behind some high-class rivals but not far off stablemate Crypto Force that day. Remains early days on grass and another taking an ease in class looking for a personal best.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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