Sandown – Coral Eclipse (5T Race)


  • No horse aged 6 or over has ever won the Eclipse
  • All of the last 22 winners ran at Epsom or Ascot (+ Royal York) last time out
  • All of the last 15 winners finished in the top 5 last time out
  • 14 of the last 15 winners last ran in a Group 1 race
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had run between 2-4 times that season
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had their last race between 16-28 days beforehand (exception was making his seasonal debut)
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had finished in the top 3 that season (exception was making his seasonal debut)
  • 13 of the last 15 winners came from the top 3 in the betting at 9/1 or shorter
  • 11 of the last 15 winners had already won a Group 1 race (all 4 exceptions came in the last 5 years 2014/18 Gr 2 - 2016/17 Gr. 3)
  • 11 of the last 15 winners were rated 118+ (3 exceptions were un-rated)
  • Only 2 horse rated under 110 have managed to make the frame in the last 20 years
  • Since 1996 only 2 horses aged 4 or 5 have won the Eclipse after avoiding the Royal meeting (1 exception was making his seasonal debut).
  • All 8 fillies to have run in the last 20 years finished unplaced
  • 6 of the last 8 winning 3yo's ran in the Newmarket 2000 Guineas earlier in the Season


The last female winner of the Coral Eclipse was Kooyonga in 1992. Since then there have been 11 fillies and mares who have tried, any failed, to win this Group 1 race.

There have been some very notable names amongst them....

1995 Tryphosa (8th of 8) 16-1
1997 Bosra Sham (3rd of 5) 4-7
2000 Shiva (3rd)
2003 Islington (6th)
2006 Ouija Board (5th), Royal Alchemist (7th)
2010 Dar Re Mi (4th)
2011 Snow Fairy (4th)
2013 The Fugue (7th)
2014 The Fugue (6th)
2018 Happily (5th)


Over the last 22 years Aiden O'Brien has trained 5 winners and 7 places from 33 runners.

  • He last won the race in 2011
  • All 10 of his runners rated 117 or under have finished unplaced
  • All 12 of his win and placed horses finished top 5 on their last start
  • All 5 of his winners and 6 of his 7 placed runners last ran in a Group 1 race
  • 3 of his winners and 4 of his placed runners last ran over a mile

Sir Michael Stoute comes next with 4 wins and 6 places from 20 runners

Then it's John Gosden with 3 winners and 2 places from 11 runners and Saeed Bin Suroor who has 2 wins and 3 places from 16 runners.

Current trainers who have also won the race include Roger Charlton (1w/1p/6r), Willie Haggas (1/0/2), Brian Meehan (1/1/3) and Charlie Appleby (1/0/2)

All 3 of Roger Varian's runners have finished unplaced.


16 of the last 22 winners last raced at Ascot. 5 winners last raced at Epsom.
1 winner last raced at York when it took over hosting the Royal meeting while Ascot was being renovated.

8 of the 16 winners to have last raced at Ascot did so at the Royal meeting in the Prince of Wales where they all finished Top 5


All 5 winners to have last raced at Epsom were 3yo's who had run in the Derby. 4 of the 5 had finished top 3 with the other finishing 8th.



This year we have 8 runners set to take part....

DANCETERIA – Former very decent handicapper who's having a good season so far with French Listed and Group 3 wins either side of a third to Regal Reality in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. That leaves him with a lot to find here and although he goes on any ground he's easy to pass over.

HUNTING HORN – Has been all around the world contesting the very best Group 1 races since winning the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. Always runs his heart out and has managed to pick up the odd bit of place money here and there but without really ever looking like winning. Ran well again when 4th in the Prince Of Wales Stakes last time out on ground that wouldn't have suited and with conditions looking more suitable here may be able to sneak a place at a big price.

MUSTASHRY – Multiple Group winner who began the year running third to Zabeel Prince when looking in need of the race. No mistake next time out when quickening up nicely to land the Lockinge but unable to confirm that form when down the field in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot. He looked a horse that may appreciate a step up in trip in both of those runs and is a very interesting runner from a stable that does very well with these late maturing types.

REGAL REALITY – Lightly raced 4yo who has been brought along slowly by his trainer. 5 lengths off stablemate Mustashry at the end of last year and only third to Beat the Bank on his Seasonal debut in the Group 2 Sandown Mile but looked very impressive when taking the Brigadier Gerard by nearly 4 lengths from a couple of subsequent winners on his first attempt at 10f. This will be his first run in Group 1 company but he's going the right way and the recent step up in distance could be the key to him improving enough to compete at this level.

ZABEEL PRINCE – Half length second to Mustashry when receiving 3lb over a mile at the end of last Season but reversed that form first time up this year in the Earl of Sefton when getting 5lb. The form of that race worked out very well and Zabeel Prince himself went on to win in Group1 company in France next time out. But he'll next to bounce back from a very disappointing run last time out as he was well beaten in the Prince of Wales never looking likely to win. The soft ground may not have been in his favour that day but all the same he currently has questions to answer.

ENABLE – Very classy dual Arc winning mare who has looked imperious over 12f over the last two seasons with 9 wins from 9 runs at that distance including 7 Group 1 successes. Her only defeat came on her only run over 10f at the start of the 2017 Season but since then she has won Epsom, Irish and the Yorkshire Oaks, a King George, two Arcs and a Breeders Cup. She's the best horse in the race but racing over 10f on her seasonal debut in Group 1 company does raise slight doubts about her chances.

MAGICAL – Multiple Group race winning filly who has two Group 1 victories to her name and ran Enable to ¾ length at last years Breeders Cup meeting. Began this year beating Flag Of Honour in three 10f Group races but no match close home behind Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales last time out. No disgrace in that and she looks sure to run her usual game race.

TELECASTER – The only 3yo in the race he was unraced at two and has only had 4 starts so far. He progressed quickly in the Spring and won the Dante in fine style on just his third start before connections stumped up the cash to supplement him for the Derby despite his trainer warning that it was asking a lot to win that race having had 3 runs in such a short space of time. He was proved right when Telecaster found it a step too far and he came home last of the 13 runners. It's too early to write him off and he remains a horse with a lot of potential but he'll still need to find improvement on that Dante run to be competitive here.