Eclipse Stakes

Eclipse Stakes Tips & Predictions


DateSaturday July 7, 2018
TrackSandown Park
Distance2002m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money£500,000
Age3YO+

{Horses rated 122 or higher have won eight of the last 12 Eclipse Stakes.

Five of the last 12 winners were favourites.}

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.

Eclipse Stakes day betting card 2018

The seven-race card includes the Eclipse Stakes and the Group 3 Coral Charge, which is always an exciting 1000m event.

Race No.
Race Name
1Handicap Stakes
2Coral Charge
3Coral Challenge
4Coral Distaff
5Eclipse Stakes
6Coral Marathon
7Coral App Handicap Stakes

Eclipse Stakes betting selections & tips

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.

Much like the other major British races, 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.

Stoute has also trained the likes of Opera House, Medicean and Notnowcato.

Big breeding stables have a great record in the race with Godolphin and Sue Magnier winning five a piece. 

The stallions to come out of the Eclipse Stakes include So You Think, Sea The Stars and Oratorio.

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.

Eclipse Stakes winners


Year
Race Winner
2017Ulysses
2016Hawkbill
2015Golden Horn
2014Mukhadram
2013Al Kazeem
2012Nathaniel
2011So You Think
2010Twice Over
2009Sea The Stars
2008Mount Nelson
2007Notnowcato
2006David Junior
2005Oratorio
2004Refuse to Bend
2003Falbrav
2002Hawk Wing
2001Medicean
2000Giant's Causeway
1999Compton Admiral
1998Daylami
1997Pilsudski
1996Halling
1995Halling
1994Ezzoud
1993Opera House
1992Kooyonga
1991Environment Friend
1990Elmaamul
1989Nashwan
1988Mtoto