2017 Sandown Eclipse Stakes Ante-Post Betting Preview

The Eclipse (Sandown, Saturday, July 8th) is always among the most exciting British G1 encounters of the season. Our ante-post market is already buzzing and here are 3 horses that punters are backing heavily…

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Cliffs Of Moher (IRE)

Age: 3 (Foaled March 12th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Galileo (IRE) – Wave (IRE) (Dansili)

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier

The Galileo colt won at Leopardstown, 2nd time out, taking the notable scalp of stablemate Orderofthegarter. This led to him starting the Dee Stakes as an odds-on favourite and Aidan O’Brien’s horse stayed-on well under pressure to beat Bay Of Poets. Cliffs Of Moher finished runner-up in the Derby and was well-ahead of the likes of Eminent, Permian and Dubai Thunder. He looks the one they all have to beat.

Barney Roy

Age: 3 (Foaled January 29th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Excelebration (IRE) – Alina (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))

Trainer: R Hannon

Owner: Godolphin

John Gosden’s inmate has been a revelation, in this campaign and he won the Greenham Stakes with plenty in-hand. This victory was always going to make him a serious Guineas contender and he might well have reversed positions with Churchill had he not taken a keen hold. It looked like disaster had struck at Royal Ascot, when the saddle slipped under James Doyle in the St James’s Palace Stakes, but the partnership held it all together somehow and Lancaster Bomber was beaten by a length. This race has been a desert for the Hannon family though, in terms of actual wins.

Eminent (IRE)

Age: 3 (Foaled March 4th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Frankel – You’ll Be Mine (USA) (Kingmambo (USA)

Trainer: M Meade

Owner: Sir Peter Vela

This Frankel colt (like several others) began his career with an eye-catching win, beating Vantage Point on debut at Headquarters in ready fashion. Eminent returned to Newmarket and hammered Rivet by almost 2 lengths, in the Craven Stakes. Connections sent him back to the Cambridgeshire racecourse yet again, but he found the competition a little too hot to handle in the Guineas and finished a well-beaten 6th. His Derby performance (4th place and staying-on strongly) was more-promising though and Eminent has what it takes to go very close.

Other horses that are attracting bets include Ulysses, Decorated Knight, Jack Hobbs and David Simcock’s Lightning Spear.

Race History

This historic event was inaugurated in 1886 and is open to horses that are at least 3 years of age. The race distance is just over 1m 2f and the runners travel right-handed on this famous turf track.

Eclipse was a very famous horse that ran back in the late eighteenth-century. Sired by Marske and out of a dam called Spilletta, this incredible chestnut stallion won the Winchester King’s Plate (1769), the Salisbury King’s Plate (1769), the Canterbury King’s Plate (1769), the Lewes King’s Plate (1769), the Lichfield King’s Plate (1769), the Match race against Bucephalus (1770), the Newmarket First, the Spring King’s Plate (1770), the Guilford King’s Plate (1770), the Nottingham King’s Plate (1770), the York King’s Plate (1770), the 6yo+ Great Subscription Purse (1770), the Lincoln Heath King’s Plate (1770) and the Newmarket October King’s Plate (1770). He also sired three Epsom Derby winners – Young Eclipse, Saltram and Serjeant.

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