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Coral Eclipse Betting Tips

The Eclipse Stakes is the first all age Group 1 (discounting two-year-olds) of the flat season, bringing together the Classic generation and their elders for their inaugural showdown. With weight allowances often tipping it in the three-year-olds’ favour, it can act as a significant precursor of what is to come in similar races such as the Juddmonte International, or even the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

It is run over a distance of 1m2f, ensuring it is on the shorter end of the middle distance spectrum. Taking place at Sandown, it is the only flat Group 1 held at the track, but regularly features a great atmosphere.

This year’s renewal of the Eclipse is set to take place on Saturday 6th July. Here is how GG’s tipsters see the race:

Tips table to follow

Coral Eclipse Stakes Favourites Runners & Form

There is plenty of action still to unfold for various generations ahead of the 2024 Coral Eclipse, but there are already numerous protagonists likely to be involved come the start of July.

Last year’s runner-up Emily Upjohn stands out as a significant entry. She was only narrowly beaten by Paddington a year ago, while the Gosden yard have won this on three occasions since 2015.

The mercurial Auguste Rodin cannot always be pinned down as to whether he will show up or not, both physically and in terms of his performance, but we know he is a magnificent racehorse on his day. This could well be one of his primary destinations this season.

Sir Michael Stoute won this with Ulysses in 2017 and Passenger looks a very similar type as an improving four-year-old who is unexposed at the top level. He looked very good when reappearing for the 2024 flat season at Chester.

Meanwhile, the picture for the three-year-olds ahead of this race looks murkier. There could be doubts about City Of Troy, but he may well yet show his ability on the big stage. The likes of Arabian Crown and Ghostwriter may be likelier participants though, as well as being better suited by the trip.

Eclipse Stakes Racecourse 

The Eclipse is broadly run over a galloping layout at Sandown’s 1m2f course. The field starts on the furthest part of the track to the grandstand, covering the first 5f broadly on a straight, with a slight kink to the right.

The field then covers a sharp right-handed u-turn, that briefly crests in the middle, before the final stretch. This ensures that over longer distances, Sandown is relatively more difficult for front-runners to hold onto their lead, which leads to more interesting tactical scenarios.

Betting Strategies for the Coral Eclipse Stakes

Some recent runnings of the Eclipse Stakes have involved few runners or odds-on favourites, which can put off punters from taking the plunge in the race. However, if you want an investment in the contest in some form, there are other ways you can bet on the race.

Non Runner No Bet

As the sheer number of entries for this year’s renewal compared to many of the recent field sizes in the Eclipse suggests, plenty of connections end up favouring other avenues to this contest. As a result, even if you have a horse you really fancy for the race, it is worth hedging with NRNB terms in order to preserve your stake.

Without the Favourite

Due to odds on or evens favourites winning in four of the last ten years, it can pay to side with an alternative on a “without the favourite” market. This means you can back a winner even if your horse is runner-up to the favourite.

Draw Biases

With few runners usually lining up, it is rare for there to be too much of a draw bias, especially with so much ground between the starting stalls and the first significant bend. However, the ground can sometimes cause inside draws to be favourable if there is too much of a churn from the outside.

Are There Any Specific Coral Eclipse Stakes Betting Offers?

As the race approaches, we will know more about any extra place, best odds guaranteed, or any other offers related to the Coral Eclipse 2024.

Though plenty of greats have contested the race, no horse has ever won the Eclipse on three occasions. Five horses have doubled up in it though, although none have done so since Halling in 1996. Even the great Enable fell short when Ghaiyyath defeated her in 2020 after she had won the year before.

In terms of the personnel behind the horses though, the winning-most jockey, trainer and owner are all historic names in the sport. Firstly, Lester Piggott holds the record among the riders with seven wins, including a first at the age of just 15 aboard Mystery in 1951.

Last year, Aidan O’Brien overtook Alec Taylor jr by recording a seventh win in the race with Paddington that also ensured Sue Magnier and Coolmore owned their seventh winner in the contest.

For those looking for recent trends, all of the last six winners have gone off at 11/4 or shorter, while you have to go back all the way to 2005 for the last winner at a double-figure price. This is not a race to stray away from the market leaders, while there has been an ascendancy from the Classic generation, with three-year-olds claiming the last three runnings.

Eclipse Stakes Past Winners

2014MukhadramWilliam HaggasPaul Hanagan14/1
2015Golden HornJohn GosdenFrankie Dettori4/9F
2016HawkbillCharlie ApplebyWilliam Buick6/1
2017UlyssesSir Michael StouteJim Crowley8/1
2018Roaring LionJohn GosdenOisin Murphy7/4F
2019EnableJohn GosdenFrankie Dettori4/6F
2020GhaiyyathCharlie ApplebyWilliam Buick9/4
2021St Mark’s BasilicaAidan O’BrienRyan MooreEvsF
2022VadeniJean-Claude RougetChristophe Soumillon11/4
2023PaddingtonAidan O’BrienRyan Moore8/11F