stouteTelescope produced a scintillating performance to land the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes by seven lengths at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

 The 7/4 favourite gave trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Ryan Moore their second winner of the day following Arab Spring’s success in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap and Moore believes both the trip and the ground were the key to Telescope’s victory today.

“He has got a real good attitude in his races now,” said Moore.

“It probably wasn’t the strongest of Hardwickes but I am delighted with the way he did everything through the race.

“He stayed on very well and sees that trip out very well – 10 furlongs has just been a bit sharp for him.

“He travelled very well at Chester but, when I let him down, he struggled on that ground as was lugging in and wasn’t comfortable.

“The ground was a lot better for him today, as was the trip. I think that’s the key to him.

“This was a career best and hopefully he can push on from here.”



 Connections of Pether’s Moon felt the four-year-old would have benefited from a stronger early pace after finishing third in the Hardwicke Stakes.

“He’s run a super race but he’d have been second if they’d gone a bit quicker,” said Richard Hannon senior, whose son Richard trains the colt. “He’s gone up in grade today and proved that’s where he should be. There’s a good Group race in him over a mile and a half.”

Forgotten Voice finished fourth and trainer Nicky Henderson commented: “He was a bit keen early on but Kieren (Fallon) put him to sleep and he showed that he really stayed. The winner is a Group One horse but we’ve run well.

“I don’t think two miles would be too far for our’s and he loves that fast ground. We could think about the Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup at York.”



 Telescope, the 7/4 favourite, ran away with the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes for older horses, winning the 12-furlong contest by seven lengths from stable companion Hillstar.

Sir Michael Stoute said: “I think the two previous races he has had this year were run on unsuitable ground, so I am thrilled to see him do that today. I hope this is the best middle distance performance by an older horse. We have been happy with our week at Royal Ascot. We have been thrilled by all the winners and Estimate too.

“Telescope was written up an awful lot last spring after a maiden win and then they said he was a flop. He has not been a flop – he has never been out of the first two. I was convinced after Chester that heavy ground does not suit him. Noble Mission, the winner, loves that ground and has improved. So I felt it was a massive task to try and beat him at Chester. Our fellow’s action wasn’t as good as it can be and he was labouring in that ground.

“Telescope has never run a bad race, though he had been a little bit disappointing so far this year, but only because he has been on the wrong ground. He just had to go and do it today so it is a relief. It is great to see him win like that as we have always held in in high regard. It wasn’t the toughest Hardwicke I have ever seen, but I loved the style in which he won it. The opposition to Harbinger may have been harder in the Harwicke – what was second, third and fourth?”

Harbinger, in the 2010 Hardwicke Stakes, won by three and a half lengths from Duncan, with another six lengths to Barshiba in third and Sans Frontieres in fourth. Next time out, Harbinger captured the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by 11 lengths for another Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate.

Sir Michael added: “My head man Stuart Messenger and Kevin Bradshaw, who rides Telescope every day, have made an enormous contribution to Telescope. We have been happy with him lately. Hopefully, he will be fine to come here for the King George. If Telescope put up this performance again, he would be in the shake-up of any big race.”

Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose Wavertree syndicate owns Telescope, said: “He is such an exciting horse and, as Ryan (Moore) was just saying, he is a man now, he has grown up. It has taken him a while to learn how to race and, with his first two races this year, Stoutey always said that he would probably need them.

“We hoped that we might beat Noble Mission second time up at Chester – we got closer – but Telescope has got his ground today and was running over the right trip. That was a hell of a performance. I am so excited. I would be thinking about the King George. It is the route we took with Harbinger. I stood here after Harbinger had won as impressively and Sir Michael did his usual “we will see and let the dust settle” but I said “no, come on, let’s go for the King George.

“Sir Michael would make those decisions but you would be pretty bonkers to say it’s not the obvious race having performed like that. These are the nicest group of owners and I am thrilled for them – and they include people from the Bahamas and Australia. This is another great training performance from Sir Michael and hopefully we can go on from here.

“Telescope has won this like a very good horse. I did not expect him to win like that but I hope Sir Michael will be thinking that the King George is the logical step.”

Sir Michael talked about his previous winner this afternoon – Arab Spring in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap: “Arab Spring is a progressive and has won all his races this year.

“He was second last year in May and while there has never been anything seriously wrong with him, there has always been niggles, a hairline on a hock and you name it, he has had it. As a result, he has missed proper training – getting the long slow distance into him. That is why he is still a bit of a playboy walking around. We will now go into Group company with him – he is a very interesting horse – a typical Ballymacoll late maturer.”


Third race result

 3.45pm Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

£213,300 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalty value 1st £120,962.43 2nd £45,859.50 3rd £22,951.08 4th £11,432.88 5th £5,737.77 6th £2,879.55

1) TELESCOPE (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Wavetree) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-01 Ryan Moore [8] 7/4f

2) HILLSTAR (Sir Evelyn de Rothschild) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori [2] 7/1

3) PETHER’S MOON (IRE) (John Manley) Richard Hannon 4-9-01 Richard Hughes [5] 8/1

4) FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) (Susan Roy) Nicky Henderson 9-9-01 Kieren Fallon [6]

5) SHARESTAN (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 6-9-01 Andrea Atzeni [10]

6) DANDINO (Australian Thoroughbred) Marco Botti 7-9-01 Martin Harley [9]

7) JOSHUA TREE (IRE) (K Al Nabooda & K Albahou) Ed Dunlop 7-9-01 Adam Kirby [7]

8) CAMBORNE (Princess Haya or Jordan) John Gosden p6-9-01 William Buick [3]

9) EYE OF THE STORM (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 4-9-01 Joseph O’Brien [4]

10) EKTIHAAM (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Roger Varian h5-9-01 Paul Hanagan [1]


10 ran

Time: 2m 27.45s

Distances: 7, hd, 2¾, ½, 3¼, nk, 14, 6, 20

Breeder: Barronstown Stud

Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) – Velouette (Darshaan)

Tote      Win £2.50          Place £1.10 £2.30 £2.80 Exacta £8.60


Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Other information: Arrived in Britain from his native Barbados just before his 20th birthday and has won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with Kribensis in 1990. Was the only trainer to win a British Classic in five consecutive seasons. Was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. Has been champion trainer on 10 occasions: 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009 British Classic Wins (15):1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Investec Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce), Investec Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite), Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Conduit) Irish Classic Wins (11): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish Derby (1981 Shergar, 1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salina, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist (dh), 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka) Royal Ascot Wins: 72 First Royal Ascot winner:Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 – Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo, 2013 Estimate), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy),King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull, 2013 Hillstar), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel, 2010 Harbinger, 2012 Sea Moon, 2014 Telescope) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 10 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1984-2013): 96; 120; 76; 105; 100; 116; 78; 81; 69; 64; 109; 72; 73; 84; 79; 81; 91; 75; 104; 115; 87; 95; 107; 113; 88; 99; 73; 53; 69; 87 Wins in 2014: 28 Sir Michael Stoute is leading the QIPCO Royal Ascot top trainer standings with four winners and three seconds.


Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002.Appointed stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen) Irish Classic Wins (2): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (26): Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray; 2013 Opinion, 2014 Arab Spring), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon, 2014 Telescope), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar) Number of Wins (2000-2013): 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116; 194 Wins in 2014: 79 Ryan Moore is leading the QIPCO Royal Ascot top jockey standings with five winners