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Coral-Eclipse Tips 2024: Back This 16/1 Shot To Challenge City Of Troy At Sandown

Derby hero City Of Troy is a red-hot favourite for the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on Saturday afternoon and Aidan O’Brien’s superstar looks very tough to beat. However, our in-house tipster Steve Chambers is willing to search for value elsewhere and fancies another Irish-trained runner to run a big race and put up a challenge to the Epsom Classic winner…

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CITY OF TROY

(Ryan Moore/Aidan O’Brien)

A phenomenon as a juvenile, City Of Troy failed to fire on his first run this season when flopping in the 2000 Guineas, but the son of Justify propelled back into the limelight with a stunning two-and-three-quarter length victory over Ambiente Friendly in the Derby at Epsom. Travelling serenely that day for Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien’s wonder three-year-old quickened up in fine style to pull clear of the field and he went on to land the Classic prize with aplomb. A repeat of that effort will see him win this contest at a hack canter, but he showed at Newmarket that he does have a poor run in him, so can you exude confidence about him turning up and the short odds available are easily bypassed.


DANCING GEMINI

(Kieran Shoemark/Roger Teal)

A Listed winner as a juvenile, Roger Teal’s Dancing Gemini showed he has improved significantly from two to three when running a mighty race to finish second in the French 2000 Guineas. Sent to Epsom as a lively outsider for the Derby next time out, the Camelot colt wasn’t disgraced when finishing sixth in the contest, but he heads to Sandown with form to turn around with with City Of Troy. He may enjoy the drop back in trip for the Coral-Eclipse, but will need City Of Troy to misfire to stand any sort of chance.

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GHOSTWRITER

(Richard Kingscote/Clive Cox)

Unbeaten as a two-year-old which saw him land the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, Clive Cox’s Ghostwriter has failed to get his head in front this season. A creditable fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Invincible Spirit colt was then sent to France for the Prix du Jockey Club, where he finished fourth again. There’s no doubting that he does have significant talent, but he may potentially better on a quicker surface, so any rain that hits Sandown may hinder his chances and he faces an uphill battle.

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THE FIELD

We have a field of eight set to go post, so each-way players could be looking to take on City Of Troy with an alternative and Brian Meehan’s Jayarebe heads into the event on the back of a superb win in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot. This is a step up in class, but he does head into the event in the form of his life, so has to be respected.

Joseph O’Brien’s Al Riffa is one of the older horses looking to give weight away to the three-year-olds and the former Group 1 National Stakes winner has some top notch form in the book in Group 1 company and could be the most likely challenger to City Of Troy of the three older horses.

Hughie Morrison’s Stay Alert won the Dahlia Stakes earlier in the season and she is aiming to build on that win here, while See The Fire failed to land a blow in the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting and looks to be up against. Hans Andersen will be the second shot fired by the Ballydoyle gun, but he’s sure to be on pacemaking duties for City Of Troy.


VERDICT

If City Of Troy can emulate his Derby run then it’s hard to see him not cruising to victory here, and there’s no doubting he’s the proven star of the race. However, if he fails to fire then the door could be left open and AL RIFFA has some quality form on his CV in top-class company and Joseph O’Brien’s raider could be the each-way play of the race. Having to give weight away to City Of Troy, he’s up against it, but he’s available at double-figured odds and that’s worth taking a chance on, while Jayarebe can complete the 1-2-3.

2024 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Predicted 1-2-3


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