Coral Eclipse Preview: Betting Tips, Enhanced Odds Offers and Odds, 2.10 at Sandown, 7th July 2018
Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse is one of the most eagerly awaited middle distance contests of the racing year. Read on for the best odds and offers and our top betting tips for this year’s renewal.
First run at Sandown in 1886, this Group 1 contest over 1m2f now offers total prize money of £450,000 and always attracts a strong field. Why not grab a free bet and improve your chances of profiting from this year’s race?
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Coral Eclipse Betting Tips and Race Preview
It’s off to Surrey for this weekends big Group 1 contest as Sandown plays host to the Coral-Eclipse once again. Won by talents such as Golden Horn, Sea The Stars, Brigadier Gerard and Mill Reef in the past, this is one of the very best mile and a quarter contests of the calendar year.
Aidan O’Brien currently has five entered up here and whilst Yucatan and Rostropovich seem unlikely to go to post on the day, Saxon Warrior, Happily and Cliffs Of Moher represent a strong three pronged attack. Of the three, preference would be for the 2000 Guineas hero, Saxon Warrior, although this does come pretty quickly on the back of his third in the Irish Derby only last week. Should O’Brien pick up the prize this year he will join Sir Michael Stoute and Alec Taylor, Jr at the top of the all time trainers list for the race.
The boy’s in blue of Godolphin will likely rely on two, with the Charlie Appleby duo of Masar and Hawkbill both having their sights set on Sandown. As the winners of this years Derby and this race in 2016 respectively they certainly boast strong claims. Now five years old, Hawkbill’s age may well be against him, with this race tending to fall to a runner aged four or younger, whilst he may also prefer a little give underfoot.
It’s not quite so easy to pick holes in the claims of Masar though. Having followed in the footsteps of his sire, New Approach, last time out when claiming the Epsom Derby, he is following the Golden Horn route and taking on this race as his next assignment. That Derby win is the single best piece of form on offer but we wouldn’t be entirely convinced about this step down in trip. He didn’t look quite quick enough in the Guineas and it was really his stamina that won the day at Epsom, which does at least pose a question about this 1m2f trip, classy though he is.
Another who seems certain to go well is John Gosden’s Dante scorer, Roaring Lion. This one loomed up looking like the winner in the Derby last time only for his effort to peter out a little close home. He still filled third spot though having previously finished fifth in the 2000 Guineas. That Guineas effort was really better than it looked due to him having to race away from the main action. The best performance of his career came on good to firm ground over this distance when turning the Dante into a procession and he has all the tools needed to succeed here.
We suspect speed may prove the most telling factor in this race, particularly with an end to end gallop far from assured in what may well be a small field on the day. The horse who for us possesses the most “push-button” pace is Roaring Lion. Take Oisin Murphy to time this right and have the son of Kitten’s Joy in front where it counts. Those looking for an each way punt are advised to side with Saxon Warrior, who despite the quick turnaround looks worth chancing as he steps down to what we suspect may prove to be his best trip.
Coral Eclipse Previous Winners
- 2017 – Ulysses – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2016 – Hawkbill – jockey William Buick, trainer Charlie Appleby
- 2015 – Golden Horn – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2014 – Mukhadram – jockey Paul Hanagan, trainer William Haggas
- 2013 – Al Kazeem – jockey James Doyle, trainer Roger Charlton
- 2012 – Nathaniel – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2011 – So You Think – jockey Seamie Heffernan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2010 – Twice Over – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2009 – Sea The Stars – jockey Mick Kinane, trainer John Oxx
- 2008 – Mount Nelson – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Notnowcato – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2006 – David Junior – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Brian Meehan
Established in 1886 this top class contest has been held at Sandown Park every year since, barring two breaks during the First and Second World War’s and in 1973 when the race was run at Kempton.
The Eclipse who is honoured in the title of this race is the 18th century’s greatest racehorse. Unbeaten in 18 career starts, Eclipse was so good that he eventually rendered his contests dead as a betting heat, as not a single soul wished to oppose him!
So popular and successful was his breeding line overall that Eclipse is estimated to feature somewhere in the breeding of around 95% of modern day racehorses. Frankel will have to go some to top that!
Battle of the Ages
The Eclipse is always one of the most anticipated contests of the season as being a Group 1, open to all horses aged three and over, it gives us the first real chance of the season to see a clash of the generations, as the current Classic crop do battle with the top class older horses.
Bendigo was the inaugural winner of this event, and still hold a place in the history books all these years later. The son of Ben Battle succeeded here at the age of six making him still, as of 2016, the oldest winner in the history of the race.
Orme became the first horse to win two Eclipse’s when coming home in front in both 1892 and 1893 for John Porter. Saeed bin Suroor’s Halling was the fifth to the double just over one hundred years later in 1995 and 1996.
The Biggest Names
Many of horse racing’s greatest and most famous names feature on the list of previous heroes here including Mill Reef (1971), Brigadier Gerard (1972), Dancing Brave (1986) and Sea The Stars (2009).
In terms of the leading trainers, Aidan O’Brien’s five wins between 2000 and 2011 put him hot on the heels of Alec Taylor, Jr., with six wins between 1909 and 1923, and Sir Michael Stoute, who landed his sixth winner in 2017. Lester Piggott tops the jockey’s standings with seven victories in all.
In terms of the age of the winners, the older performers hold the edge but there’s not much in it. Of the first 117 winners here, 47 were three year olds, 53 were four year olds, 16 were five year olds and then of course we had Bendigo as the sole six year old to prevail.
Who will write their name in the history books this year? Whoever you fancy, why not claim a free bet when you place your wager and increase your chances of success?