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Coral-Eclipse Tips

Looking for tips for this year's Coral-Eclipse? Our expert have the ante-post market covered and will update their previews as we get closer to the race, which takes place at Sandown on Saturday 6th July.

2019 Coral-Eclipse Tips

Three-year-olds may have come out on top in three of the past four editions of the Coral-Eclipse, but I'm finding it very difficult to weight up Circus Maximus and I wouldn't want to back him at such a short price. Enable will likely be pushed into an odds-on price when Frankie Dettori is declared in the saddle. There was, however, only three-quarters of a length between her and MAGICAL at the Breeders' Cup and, with race-fitness and ground in her corner, I fancy Aidan O'Brien's filly could turn the tables on Enable at the weekend.

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. 

Famous Coral-Eclipse Winners

2009 - SEA THE STARS


The Investec 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner came into the Coral Eclipse seeking to add another Group One title to his name, and John Oxx’s star didn’t disappoint supporters as the Cape Cross entire battled to a one length victory over Rip Van Winkle.

Despite meeting a wall of horses as the three trailblazers ahead of the Irish star came to the end of their respective tethers, jockey Mick Kinane pulled out his charge from potential trouble and was forced to send his dual-Classic winning partner for home earlier than he would have wanted.

Aidan O’Brien’s Rip Van Winkle came to win the race and avenge defeats behind Sea The Stars in both Classics; but the Galileo colt would find Oxx’s superstar too strong once again, and Sea The Stars found plenty for his rider’s urgings to hold off the Ballydole charger and collect another big prize with a one length winning margin.

Further Group One success would follow for Sea The Stars who would go on to collect further wins in the Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and Arc in a memorable campaign before retirement.

READ: Brian's full article and four more famous winners...

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 Memories

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).

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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