Coral Eclipse Stakes Preview – Saturday 3rd July
Last updated: July 1, 2021 by Leon Marshal
The feature race at Sandown Park on Saturday is the £600,000 Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes over ten furlongs. This is one of the most prestigious middle distance races of the season and often features a clash of the generations. Trainer John Gosden has a fine recent record with four victories in the past nine seasons including Derby winner Golden Horn (2015) and dual Arc winner Enable (2019). Last year the race was won by Ghaiyyath, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick.
Mishriff represents Gosden stable at Sandown
John and Thady Gosden rely on Mishriff this time, a four-year-old son of Make Believe. He won the French Derby last season but was not seen again until disappointing in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October. He returned to action in Dubai in February with victory in the Saudi Cup before following up in the Group 1 Sheema Classic at Meydan. Mishriff has won on a variety of surfaces and the ground is currently expected to ride on the soft side of good on Saturday. He can take quite a keen hold in his races and is likely to be fresh having not raced since March. David Egan retains the ride after his success in Dubai and knows the colt very well. He will be hoping that someone else is prepared to set a decent gallop in this small field.
William Haggas saddles Addeybb, fresh from another successful trip to Australia. On his last start he repeated his 2020 success in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His overall record suggests a preference for soft ground but he handled good ground well in Australia. It was an interesting move by Haggas to fit this consistent performer with blinkers for the first time that day.
O’Brien bids for record-equalling sixth Eclipse
Add second part of text Aidan O’Brien is currently on five Eclipse victories, one behind Alec Taylor Jr. and Sir Michael Stoute in the all-time standings. His latest victory was with So You Think in 2011, ridden by Seamie Heffernan. He has left in just one of his three entries this year, the dual French Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica.
The three-year-old son of Siyouni won the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October, beating stable companion Wembley by half a length. He was an impressive winner of the French Guineas when swooping late to beat Colosseo by a length and three-quarters. He then stepped up to an extended ten furlongs for the the Prix du Jockey Club, leading over a furlong from home and readily holding Sealiway.
El Drama completes the four-runner field for Roger Varian. He won the Dee Stakes at Chester but was well adrift of St Mark’s Basilica at Chantilly. He could be a reluctant pace-setter here in the hands of Andrea Atzeni. The form of his Chester victory has worked out well. Third-placed Earlswood has won since and was fourth in the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Fifth-placed Foxes Tales won at Royal Ascot while runner-up Maximal was a creditable fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He still has around a stone improvement to find if he is to trouble the opposition.
St Mark’s Basilica @13-8 William Hill
The Coral Eclipse is due off at 3.35 at Sandown Park on Saturday 3rd July and will be televised live on ITV.