Sandown Park – Coral-Eclipse Trends

Gambling is a varied sphere. While some are trying their luck on others are fixated on the ‘nags’ (horses). Once race of note within the horse racing community is the Coral-Eclipse. The Coral-Eclipse or, strictly speaking, the Eclipse Stakes, is run over an essentially galloping mile and a quarter at Sandown Park in early July. The race offers the first opportunity of the season for the ‘Classic generation’ to race against their elders at the highest level

Five favourites, including two at odds-on, have won the Coral-Eclipse in the last decade and the other five winners in that period were returned at odds of 9/4, 7/2, 6/1, and 8/1. As might be expected of a Group 1 contest, which is supposed to be a test of class, after all, the Coral-Eclipse is probably not the place to be looking for long-priced ‘surprise’ winners.

Just three 3-year-olds have won in the last decade but, interestingly, two of them – Golden Horn in 2015 and Roaring Lion in 2018 – were trained by Joh Gosden. Gosden also won the Coral-Eclipse with the 4-year-old Nathaniel in 2012 and the 5-year-old Enable in 2019.

Ratings-wise, all of the last ten winners, bar Hawkbill, were officially rated 118 or better and six of them were rated 125 or 126. Unsurprisingly, previous winning form over a mile and a quarter, preferably at Group 2 or, better still, Group 1, level appears to be a pre-requisite for a typical Coral-Eclipse. That said, any horse that has been off the course for five weeks, or longer, should be treated with caution. Much like a casino goer on machine sous en ligne, it pays to be informed, and in the world of racing ratings are one informed way of weighing up your chances.

At the time of writing, Mishriff, trained by John and Thady Gosden, has been installed as favourite for the Coral-Eclipse in 2021. As a 122-rated 4-year-old, who won the Prix du Jockey Club as a 3-year-old, not to mention the most valuable race in the world, the Saudi Cup, in February, it’s no surprise that the bookmakers are quite keen on his chances!

Buckingham Palace Stakes

Officially known, since 2020, as the Buckingham Palace Handicap, the race formerly known as the Buckingham Palace Stakes is a Class 2 handicap run over 7 furlongs and open to horses aged three years and upwards. The Buckingham Palace Handicap is currently scheduled as the final race on the third day of Royal Ascot.

The Buckingham Palace Handicap is of course a very English affair, far removed from online casino united states and the like, and a relatively recent addition to the Royal Ascot programme, having been established in 2002. That year, to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Saturday, a.k.a. ‘Ascot Heath’, was officially incorporated into Royal Ascot, thereby extending the meeting from four days to five. However, the Buckingham Palace Stakes was replaced by the newly-founded Commonwealth Cup in 2015 and did not return to the Royal Ascot programme until 2020. Following the suspension of horse racing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Royal Ascot was expanded to seven races each day and the change was made permanent in 2021.

The most famous winner of the Buckingham Palace Stakes was Regal Parade, trained by the late David Nicholls. In 2008, as a 4-year-old, he won the race en route to victory in the Ayr Gold Cup and, the following season, won the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup. While us members of the public are more likely to be winning on online real money casino sites, for the royal touch and connection, in the world of racing you can’t go far wrong by winning the Buckingham Palace Stakes!


Remarkably, Eclipse, who died from colic at the age of 24 in 1789, features in the paternal line of 95% of modern thoroughbred racehorses including, albeit 19 generations later, Frankel. Like his illustrious descendant – who, in 2012, became the highest rated horse in the history of World Thoroughbred Rankings – Eclipse completely dominated his contemporaries and remained unbeaten throughout his career, which lasted 18 months and a total of 18 races. However, unlike Frankel – who topped the world rankings as a two, three and four-year-old – did not make his racecourse debut until he was five years old.

Bred by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, Eclipse was acquired by Smithfield cattle salesman William Wildman at a dispersal sale following the death of the Duke, in 1765, and made his racecourse debut in the ‘Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Plate’ at Epsom four years later. An effortless win in the first heat of that four-mile contest prompted Irish-born opportunist Denis O’Kelly to famously proclaim that the result of the second heat would be ‘Eclipse first, and the rest nowhere’. Eclipse did, as predicted, pass the post before any of his rivals had reached the distance marker and O’Kelly immediately parted with 650 guineas for a half-share in the horse.

Thereafter, Eclipse won a further seven races against the best horses of the day , without coming under even the slightest pressure, before O’Kelly bought him outright for 1,100 guineas and transferred him to his stables at Clay Hill, Epsom. Further success followed, with no fewer than eleven victories in versions of the ‘King’s Plate’, run as far afield as Canterbury, Lewes, Newmarket and Winchester. Indeed, Eclipse reportedly walked 1,000 miles or more between races during his career. By the end of his career, Eclipse had proved himself the best horse of his generation so convincingly that he regularly frightened off the opposition and ‘walked over’. In fact, the lack of viable competition hastened his retirement from racing. Notwithstanding his staggering influence on modern bloodstock, Eclipse is commemorated by the Group One Coral-Eclipse Stakes, which has been run annually, over a mile and a quarter, at Sandown Park since 1886.