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  • Telescope Eyes Hardwicke

Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1m 4f

  • (4yo+, 1m 4f, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £120,962 2nd £45,860 3rd £22,951 4th £11,433 5th £5,738 6th £2,880
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 27.45s
  • Off time: 15:46:07
Full result
Result 15:45 Royal Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 10 Telescope 7/4f
2nd 6 Hillstar 7 7/1
3rd 8 Pether's Moon hd 8/1
  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 15:22 BST

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Telescope (right) aims to build upon his latest run at Chester
Telescope (right) aims to build upon his latest run at Chester

Connections of Telescope have not lost faith in the colt as he attempts to get off the mark this season in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sir Michael Stoute's four-year-old finished second to Noble Mission in very soft ground at Sandown in the Gordon Richards Stakes on his return to action in April.

And while he did get closer to Lady Cecil's subsequent Group One winner in the Huxley Stakes at Chester, he was still pretty well beaten.

Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, feels the fast ground at Ascot and the more conventional nature of the track will see him in a much better light.

"First time out this season we knew he'd need the run as he'd put on lots of condition over the winter and was a lot more relaxed at home," said Herbert.

"He had been proving harder to get fit and then we went on to take on Noble Mission again at Chester and while we got closer the ground was too soft for him, really.

"This is more his bag. The track will suit, the ground is perfect and we expect him to run very well.

"It's not just me who has a lot of faith in this horse, Sir Michael retains all his faith in him, too.

"He's the type Sir Michael excels with, an older horse who has stacks of improvement in him, and we expect him to run very well."

Dandino, who finished second to Thomas Chippendale in this race 12 months ago, is having his first run since a highly creditable fifth in the Melbourne Cup.

Trainer Marco Botti said: "All is going well and we are very happy with him.

"He did a nice piece of work on Sunday and we are looking forward to the race.

"He missed his prep race this year, but he is a horse who runs well fresh anyway.

"I am sure he will come on for the run, but, at the same time, I don't think his fitness is far away."

Roger Varian's Ektihaam was sent off favourite for last year's renewal but slipped up on the bend and unseated Paul Hanagan.

"Ektihaam has lost his way since slipping up in the Hardwicke last year but he went of favourite that day and, at home, his work is as good as ever," the Newmarket handler told www.varianstables.com.

"The addition of a hood may help him and if he can return to his best, he would be in with a chance."

The Richard Hannon-trained Pether's Moon has performed well up in class this term, finishing second in the Jockey Club Stakes and filling the same spot in a Listed race over this course and distance.

"Pether's Moon found conditions too soft at Ascot, having run so well to finish second in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, so the drying ground will suit him in the Hardwicke Stakes," the trainer told his website, www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

Aidan O'Brien runs the one-eyed Eye Of The Storm, fourth behind Gold Cup third Missunited on his return to action, while Stoute is also represented by last year's King Edward VII winner Hillstar.

Nicky Henderson's Forgotten Voice took the Wolferton Handicap last season, four years after winning the Royal Hunt Cup for Jeremy Noseda.

He was supplemented for this last week.