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2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes News - Quotes From Connections

By Jon Vine
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01 Jul 2022
  • Quotes from connections ahead of the 2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes
  • This historic Group One will be run at Sandown on Saturday
  • Vadeni heads Native Trail in the betting
  • Read what the trainers of all six runners have had to say going into this fantastic race
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Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon (up) riding Vadeni poses with horse trainer Jean-Claude Rouget (2L) after winning the 182nd edition of The Prix du Jockey-Club horse race at the Hippodrome de Chantilly in Chantilly. (Getty)
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On Saturday, six of Europe's finest flat racers will battle it out in an unmissable renewal of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

The connections of all six runners have spoken to the press during the build-up to Saturday's Coral-Eclipse Stakes. Read what they've had to say here...

2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Quotes


Georges Rimaud, stud and racing manager to Vadeni's owner the Aga Khan, speaking to Sky Sports


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"It is exciting. We certainly liked his performance in the French Derby - he showed a very good turn of foot, which impressed us."

"Personally what he did in the Jockey Club did not surprise me much because I knew he was going to use that turn of foot. Jean-Claude always had great belief in him, we were pleased with the Jockey Club finish and we need to exploit this now."

"He's not over-raced - he's raced six times now - and going against the older horses is probably a task, but it's an interesting one and we look forward to it."

"This is the only race really available to us over that distance in a Group One and with a good timing from the Prix du Jockey Club."

"I think he will travel very early on Friday morning, settle down and get on with the job on Saturday. It is going to be a challenge, but we're ready to take it on."

Charlie Appleby talks about Native Trail on the Godolphin website


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“It’s only a small field but we are happy with our draw in stall five. The question mark with Native Trail is the mile and a quarter trip but you can take a few pieces out of his pedigree which suggest he has a chance of staying."

“More importantly, he is a strong three-year-old who won’t look out of place against his elders. It’s a great race for three-year-olds with the weight allowance and he goes to Sandown in excellent order."

“We are very much looking forward to seeing how he stacks up and whether we keep to this distance or drop back to a mile for the rest of the season.”

Sir Michael Stoute discussing the chances of Bay Bridge


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“It is a very high-class Eclipse. It is a very tough race, but our fella seems in good shape."

“I would not make any excuses for Ascot. He ran a big race there and we’d have to be very pleased with his performance. He has taken it all in his stride and we’re hoping he runs his race again.”

“He looked a Group One horse at Sandown (Brigadier Gerard), but he needs to go back and do it again. It is a very competitive race and whoever wins will have had to put up a very big performance."

“He is a talented horse and let’s hope he can put it together and win a Group One.”

Racing Post catches up with William Haggas ahead of Alenquer's run in the Coral-Eclipse


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"I don't like the opposition much! It's a very strong race. It will be interesting because it's our first look at the older horses versus the three-year-olds."

"The three-year-olds are looking a strong bunch. They'll probably be first and second but all will be revealed. It's terrific that the six have stood their ground, they are six good ones."

"It's a tough race but he's a good horse, a very good horse," Haggas said. "He's very genuine too – they'll know they've had a race."

"He's very well and ready to run. I wish we'd had lots more rain but we haven't. We've got to get on and run him. It hasn't rained for a long time and it suits some and doesn't suit others. What do you do? You've got to get on with it."

Thady Gosden talks about the team's two runners


Mishriff


Mishriff2022 Coral-Eclipse Stakes ContenderGET 8/1 HERE
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“He ran well in the Eclipse last year (when finishing third), but he just got a bit tired late on as it is a stiff finish at Sandown."

“This year it is an incredibly competitive race and most of the field have very good claims, and this is his first time out on UK soil, so we will have to see how he goes."

“There is a lot of depth to the race, but Mishriff has been there before and it is a race that fits well for him."

“It is the first time back for him in Britain and he is taking on horses that are tuned up and race fit, but it is a good place to start.”

Lord North


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“I think the extended mile and a quarter at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his penultimate start was a bit far for him.”

“They went hard in front and it was an unrelenting gallop and as you know, you have to stay well at the Curragh."

“You can put a line through his last run and what he has been showing at home he seems to be his same old self.”

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