Telescope cruises to Hardwicke victory
Telescope took the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot, giving Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore a double on the card having earlier taken the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes with the well backed Arab Spring.
The highly regarded Telescope, a one time favourite for last season’s Derby, had not hit the headlines expected of him since, going down to the rejuvenated Noble Mission on his two starts this season. Today’s performance will make up for lost time however, with Stoute’s charge making a mockery of his rivals to record a remarkable 7 length victory with relative ease.
Settled off the pace by Moore, the pair were happy to track the fast pace set by Ektihaam before hitting the front before the 2 pole and putting the race to bed quickly. Fellow Stoute charge Hillstar filled the runner up spot, with Pether’s Moon back in third.
Moore said: “He’s got a real good attitude in his races now.
“It probably wasn’t the strongest Hardwicke, but I was delighted with the he did everything during the race and he stayed on very well.
“He sees that trip out very well, 10 (furlongs) has just been a bit short for him the last twice.
“He travelled very well at Chester, but when I let him down he struggled on that ground. This was obviously a career best and hopefully he can push on from here.”
Stoute, having recorded his eight victory in the race added: “The two races he’s had this year have been run on unsuitable ground for him, so I was thrilled to see him do that.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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