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Coral-Eclipse Tips

This year's Eclipse Stakes takes place on the 7th of July at Sandown Park. Our expert tipsters share their preview ahead of the Group 1 thoroughbred race.

2019 Coral-Eclipse Preview

2019 Eclipse Stakes preview is not available at this time. 

Coral-Eclipse Betting Tips

Check back here in June 2019 for our full set of Coral-Eclipse tips.

Eclipse Stakes (Coral-Eclipse)

Founded in 1886, the race was established after a famous 18th century horse named Eclipse who won all 18 of his outings throughout 1779 and 1780. The first running of the contest was won by Bendigo and at the time was ranked as Britain’s richest ever horse race with a prize-pool of £10,000. 

Since then, the Eclipse has developed into one of the most highly-regarded races of the campaign and was enhanced further by the sponsorship from bookmaking giant Coral in 1976. Coral’s support has helped attract some of the world’s best racehorses to Sandown each July as the contest’s purse continues to grow year-on-year.

The race has a rich history of winners. The likes of Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Sadlers Well and Dancing Brave have all graced the Sandown turf on route to cementing legendary careers. It is evidence to the strength that this ten-furlong contest is held across Europe with some of the continent’s leading operations regularly making the trip to Britain in search of engraving their name on the rich list of honours. 

Sandown Park Racecourse

Sandown Park racecourse is situated just a 25-minute train journey from London, making it a hugely popular venue for the casual racegoer. The Coral Eclipse meeting is renowned for being a day of top-class flat racing as well as a fantastic social occasion. 

Attendees are accustomed to rubbing shoulders with many celebrities as they flock to the track in search of witnessing a great day of British horse racing tradition. Many of the sporting sphere’s biggest profiles also descend upon the Surrey track in early July as the Eclipse headlines horse racing’s calendar. 

It is not only a grand racing occasion but also a fantastic opportunity to showcase a mix of the best summer fashion. With the national exposure that the race attracts, those from the fashion industry seek to use the event as a platform for their work which enhances the overall star-power than Coral Eclipse day possesses. 

It is this fine blend of Europe’s best thoroughbred racing, leading fashion and summer sunshine that makes the Eclipse at Sandown Park one of the outstanding racedays of the flat campaign. The meeting is not only a centrepiece for the racing and breeding industries, but it is an attraction for the wider public as horse racing breaks out into the mainstream media for a celebration of a race that dates back to 1886.

Who was Eclipse?

Eclipse was a legendary racehorse trained by Sullivan, who won all 18 of his career starts between 1769 and 1770. Such was the power and presence of Eclipse, eight of his victories were walkovers, with the other entrants in the race refusing to start fearing an embarrassing defeat.

Such was Eclipse’s supremacy, the phrase “Eclipse first and the rest nowhere” was coined during his time on the track. This idiom is still used commonly in Britain and America sport today, with Eclipse’s name replaced my another dominant figure in the sport in question.

Not only was the Coral-Eclipse named in the horses’ honour, but French course Maisons-Laffitte have hosted the Prix Eclipse every season since the late 1880’s, with the American Horse Racing Authorities naming their annual awards after the great Eclipse.

Coral-Eclipse Past Winners

Only seven horses have ever won the Coral-Eclipse (or Eclipse Stakes) more than once, and each time this has happened it has been achieved in successive years. 

The first horse to do this was Orme, winning in 1892 and 1893. Orme also won the Middle Park and the Dewhurst Stakes (both held at Newmarket). 

The other mounts to have won the Coral-Eclipse twice are Buchan (1919, 1920), Polyphontes (1924, 1925), Mtoto (1987, 1988) and, most recently, Halling (1995, 1996).

Coral-Eclipse Memories

Upcoming Festivals

There are plenty more major festivals coming up this July, check out our tipsters predictions and racing previews ahead of the next meetings:
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