The 2019 Coral Eclipse Stakes (Saturday 6 June) is likely to be another fascinating edition of a race that was established in 1886. It is a Group 1 Race run over 1 mile 1 furlong and 209 yards at Sandown, and it is the first big race over this distance in which the older horses must concede weight to members of the Classic generation.
Top-class three-year-olds that have won the Eclipse Stakes this century include Golden Horn and Roaring Lion, whilst Nathaniel and Ulysses have won as four-year-olds, and Twice Over and Falbrav have won as five-year-olds.
Check out our trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the 2019 Coral Eclipse Stakes.
2019 Coral Eclipse Stakes 10-Year-Trends
Three-year-olds have won four of the last 10 editions, four-year-olds have won two, and five-year-olds have won four. All the last 10 renewals were won by colts or geldings. Nine of the last 10 winners had run between 17 and 28 days prior to their success, whilst the other was making his seasonal debut. Five winners had won their previous race, whilst two finished second, one third, one fourth, and one fifth.
John Gosden has trained three winners in the last decade, whilst there have been two Irish-trained winners in that period. William Buick has also ridden two winners. Six winners were returned at odds of 15/8 or shorter, with the other four being returned at 7/2, 6/1, 8/1, and 14/1.
2019 Coral Eclipse Major Contenders
The dual Arc winner needs little introduction and she has reportedly been going really well at home in the build-up to trying to emulate another John Gosden trained winner, Nathaniel, by winning this on her seasonal debut. She did lose on her seasonal debut as a three-year-old but won first time out last year when beating Crystal Ocean by 3½ lengths. However, she could be at her most vulnerable back at 10-furlongs, with her current nine-race winning streak all coming over 12-furlongs. She would also be becoming the first filly to win the race since Kooyonga in 1992.
Beaten by Enable on both occasions they’ve met but ran Europe’s best filly to ¾ of a length at last season’s Breeders’ Cup Meeting. However, Enable was in front at this distance that day and will be 4lb better off in this race. Magical’s defeat by Crystal Ocean last time also suggests she still has something to find with the favourite and she’s also bidding to become the first winning filly in over 25-years.
Didn’t look the quickest of horses when winning the Dee Stakes first time out this season but, having failed to stay in the Derby, he beat some top-class milers at Royal Ascot. He benefitted from a brilliant ride by Ryan Moore on that occasion and it will be notable if Moore rides him instead of Magical if both of Aidan O’Brien’s entries line-up, especially as he’ll be getting weight from the older horses.
Didn’t quite live up to expectations over a mile as a three-year-old but sluiced up in an average Group 3 on his first try over this trip over course and distance last time. He missed Royal Ascot to wait for this and, as his two runs this season have been here, this race looks to have always been targeted by six-time Eclipse winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
Was a massive disappointment in the Derby but had looked a colt of some potential when winning the Dante Stakes on just his third ever run. The form has a mixed look to it, with runner-up Too Darn Hot finishing third to Circus Maximum back over a mile, whilst the fourth Japan has since improved for stepping up to 12-furlongs. However, after being sent-off at 7/1 in the Derby, double-figure odds here look generous at a distance he’s shown his best form at, especially in receipt of the three-year-olds weight allowance.
Beaten last time at Royal Ascot on ground, which was softer than ideal, but he is already a Group 1 winner this season. This year’s milers look an average bunch though and this looks a step-up in class.
Other Potential Runners
Addeyb has rediscovered some of his best form this season but his past exploits suggest a step-up in class on quick ground isn’t ideal. Meanwhile, 10-furlongs is probably a touch too far for Zabeel Prince. Magic Wand and Flag Of Honour have run recently, but Hunting Horn could again be asked to do pace-making duties for Magical or Circus Maximus.
Knight To Behold has something to find on form through a line with Crystal ocean, whilst Danceteria finished behind Regal Reality last time they met over course and distance.
2019 Coral Eclipse Stakes Verdict
A win for Enable would come as no surprise, but this 10-furlong trip is shorter than ideal in a race that only Nathaniel has managed to win on his seasonal debut in recent years, whilst fillies don’t win it often. Aidan O’Brien could be represented by Magical or Circus Maximus or both, and they could go well if they’ve recovered from their Royal Ascot exertions.
However, as Royal Ascot looked a slog this year, it could be worth chancing two bigger-priced runners in Regal Reality and Telecaster. Regal Reality could find further improvement now his stamina kooks assured for this trip, and he looks to have been targeted at this race all season. There’s also no telling how good Telecaster could become after just four career runs, and this looks his optimum trip, and he’s receiving weight from the older horses.