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!