The Coral-Eclipse is one of the biggest flat races of the Horse Racing season and one of the highlights of the racing calendar. The 2019 renewal will see eight horses line up to run the trip, just under 1 mile 2 furlongs – all chasing the £425,000 winning prize and to be the latest horse listed amongst the greats that have won this famous race.
Over the years, some of the most famous racehorses in history have won an Eclipse Stakes in their career; Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Sadler’s Wells, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Halling, Pilsudski, Giant’s Causeway, Falbrav (above)….the list goes on.
So lets take a look at some of the principals of the 2019 Coral-Eclipse Stakes.
Likely to go off warm favourite will be the dual Arc de Triomphe winner Enable (above). Trained by John Gosden and ridden by the irrepressible Frankie Dettori, the daughter of past Eclipse winner Nathaniel brings a 9 race win streak to the stalls, and winner of 10 of her 11 starts to date. Enable missed the recent Royal Ascot meeting and though she is used to longer trips, she is expected to have the speed and class to fend off her main rivals. Having won the race three times before, including the 2018 race with Roaring Lion, trainer Gosden knows what it takes to win the Coral-Eclipse – and with Dettori having been in super hot form at Royal Ascot – it will take a lot for Enable to not make it 10 from 10.
Her main rivals would appear to be Magical and Regal Reality. Magical (above), an Aiden O’Brien horse, was beaten off at Royal Ascot by Crystal Ocean, under Dettori, in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. When Magical took on Enable at the Breeders Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last season, there was little to choose between them. But Enable would seem to have the turn of toe to catch Magical out as Crystal Ocean did at Ascot. But with Ryan Moore in the saddle, the Ballydoyle star will be primed for the rest and maybe be ridden a bit more aggressively than usual.
Regal Reality represents the Sir Michael Stoute stable along with Mustashry, but its the former who would appear to hold the best chance of taking the race. Regal Reality comes here straight from winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes – a fine result in isolation – even better considering his reluctance to start the race. More will be needed in this company, but his trainer is highly astute in bringing these types on – watching the market before the race could give away his chances.
Of the rest, Telecaster takes his place in the line up after a disappointing run in the Derby, trailing home last when never really travelling well, having been forced on early from his wide, disadvantaged, draw. The shorter trip should work in his favour here – and he could represent decent each way value. Zabeel Prince supporters will be hoping the testing ground at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was the only reason for his no show and he can bounce back to life here.
But all signs point to ENABLE becoming the latest name to be added to the list of Coral-Eclipse champions and claiming victory for the Gosden/Dettori combination – again.
2019 CORAL-ECLIPSE RACECARD – SANDOWN PARK 15:35 – SATURDAY 6 JULY 2019
- DANCETERIA : J Spencer (D Menuisier)
- HUNTING HORN : P Beggy (A O’Brien)
- MUSTASHRY : J Crowley (Sir M Stoute)
- REGAL REALITY : K McEvoy (Sir M Stoute)
- ZABEEL PRINCE : A Atzeni (R Varian)
- ENABLE : L Dettori (J Gosden)
- MAGICAL : R Moore (A O’Brien)
- TELECASTER : O Murphy (H Morrison)