2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Tips, Odds and News
The Eclipse Stakes, also known as the Coral-Eclipse, is one of the premier thoroughbred races in the UK, with a big purse of £500,000.
Held at Sandown Park in July, the Eclipse Stakes might not have the same appeal as the Royal Ascot carnival, but it's one of the most important Group 1 races on the calendar.
Some of the best middle-distance champions have won the Eclipse Stakes and it's a big target race for the stallion breeding barns.
2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Odds
*Odds taken on 30/6/2021*
2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Tips
|Date||Saturday July 3, 2021|
|Race Type||Set weights|
Coral-Eclipse Day Card
The seven-race card includes the Eclipse Stakes and the Group 3 Coral Charge, which is always an exciting 1000m event.
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|7||Coral App Handicap Stakes|
Eclipse Stakes History
Named in honour of 18th Century racehorse Eclipse, the 2002m feature has been run and won by many champions thoroughbreds since.
Established in 1886, the Eclipse Stakes was the richest race in Britain with a prize pool of £10,000.
It's best known to attract the Classic horses which have competed in the likes of the Derby and it's often considered a stallion-making race.
It has been sponsored by Coral Bookmakers since 1976 and is often referred to as the Coral-Eclipse.
Lester Piggott has the record for most wins as a jockey with seven. His first win came in 1951 with Mystery IX and his final win came in 1977 with Artaius.
Sir Michael Stoute has six training wins in the Eclipse Stakes with his most recent win coming in 2017 with Ulysses and he continues to line up quality types in the Sandown Park feature.
Stoute has also trained the likes of Notnowcato Opera House and Medician, which are just a few of his champion winners of the Eclipse Stakes.
The stallion-making race has spawned the likes of So You Think, Sea The Stars and Oratorio, which all went on to successful careers at stud.
Three-year-olds have won three of the last five renewals, with former Epsom Derby winner, Golden Horn coming away victorious in 2015.
In 2019, John Gosden chose the Eclipse for Enable's triumphant return to action, and the dual-Arc winner held off fellow mare Magical to win in impressive fashion.
Enable fell to a surprise defeat on her first start of the 2020 season, losing out to the impresisve Ghaiyyath, who won for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.
Eclipse Stakes betting guide
The Eclipse Stakes is popular with punters because there's rarely an upset winner.
The last double-figure odds chance to win was Mukhadram in 2014 when paying 14/1, but the only double-figure winner prior to that came in 2005 when the Aidan O'Brien-trained Oratorio paid 12/1 with bookmakers.
Punters have been relatively spot on since then. Ouija Board was the beaten 2/1 favourite in 2006, but David Junior had support at 9/4.
Notnowcato won at odds of 7/1 in 2007 when upsetting Authorized (4/7), but punters were around the mark again.
Favourites to win since 2007 have included Sea The Stars (4/7), Twice Over (13/8), So You Think (4/6), Al Kazeem (15/8) and Golden Horn (4/9).
The Eclipse Stakes is definitely a race for the favourites. Even the upset winners have been well-found in the market, which is why it's such a popular race for bettors.
Eclipse Stakes trends
Nine of the last 12 winners were aged four or five and 10 of the last 12 winners were in the top three in betting.
Only four of the last 12 winners won their lead-up race to the Eclipse Stakes and only four placed in their previous run, so form isn't necessary.
10 of those 12 winners had at least seven flat runs and eight winners had a rating of 122 or higher.
Nine winners had at least one Group 1 victory prior to running and nine of the last 12 winners had at least two runs that season.