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HARDWICKE STAKES: Pablo Escobarr outsider of the field in Royal Ascot Group 2

A fascinating renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes sees two former Kempton Park winners feature

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2C9FTEP Pablo Escobarr and Tom Marquand win the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes during day four of the Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester.

Previous Wild Flower Stakes victor Pablo Escobarr reappears at Royal Ascot on Saturday afternoon in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, currently outsider of the field as he repartners Daniel Tudhope.

WATCH: HARDWICKE STAKES HOPEFUL PABLO ESCOBARR WINS THE WILD FLOWER STAKES [CREDIT: RACING TV]

2021 hat-trick winner Broome tops the bill for Aidan O’Brien and is the Ballydoyle mount of retained rider, Ryan Moore, ahead of Japan, Tiger Moth and Mogul.

Former St Leger winner Logician represents John & Thady Gosden bidding for a first success in three outings after back-to-back defeats, while last season’s King George V Stakes hero Hukum returns to Berkshire once again.

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John Gosden’s Logician bids for a seventh career success from nine at Royal Ascot this weekend

Champions Day queen Wonderful Tonight has yet to be seen since she took the Group 1 Fillies’ & Mares’ at the course in October as William Buick is back onboard, while fellow former Sunbury-on-Thames successor Deja represents Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Speaking on the Paddock Picks Podcast, previous Pablo Escobarr rider Tom Marquand said ahead of his Newmarket ventures: “He’s a horse who’s got a really good level of form.

Tom Marquand has ridden Pablo Escobarr previously but teams up with William Haggas aboard Ilaraab in the Hardwicke Stakes

“He’s really reliable and has run big races [at Newmarket] on previous occasions.”

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