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Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £425325
  • 1m 1f 209y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

1/3 (Won)

  • Win: £1.25
  • Place: £1.01

Form: 111-91

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Champion 2yo last term; comfortably justified favouritism in the Derby (1m4f, good to soft) most recently, bouncing back from the 2,000 Guineas flop that remains his only defeat; tactically versatile and has a powerful engine that, reappearance aside, keeps him galloping relentlessly in the latter stages; trainer has won the Eclipse seven times; brilliant colt who is clear top rated.

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9th

2

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

City Of Troy

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Hugely exciting colt who brings high expectations to his 3yo season, having been so impressive during an unbeaten 2yo campaign that featured very powerful displays in the Superlative Stakes (beat Haatem by just over 6l) and Dewhurst (on this track, made all; beat Alyanaabi by just over 3l), earning him the European champion juvenile award for 2023; brilliantly strong at the finish and just keeps on galloping; acts on soft ground; poised to be the next superstar, assuming he trains on well, and sets a tall standard.

4/6

16/1

  • Place: £1.75

Form: /22-46

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 4yo; should be suited by this return to a stiff 1m2f, having appeared to find the 9.5f trip on firm ground too sharp at Saratoga four weeks ago; Group 1 scorer at two and ran well behind Ace Impact (subsequent Arc winner) at Deauville last August; interesting on that form.

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2nd

4

(3)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Al Riffa

9st 4lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

chased clear leader, pushed along under 3f out, ridden and no impression from under 2f out

11/8

7/1

  • Place: £1.45

Form: 111-44

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten 2yo campaign culminated in Royal Lodge win; good fourth in a strong 2,000 Guineas that has worked out well, then filled the same position in the French Derby (10.5f, heavy) on first attempt beyond 1m; may rate higher still; solid contender who again has frame possibilities.

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4th

3

(3)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Ghostwriter

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Clive Cox

Granddam is sister to Zafonic who won easily in this contest in 1993; yet to race on ground softer than good; unblemished 2yo campaign culminated in a success in the Royal Lodge (Group 2) over C&D, taking record to 3-3 which matches City Of Troy's score but he is about a stone below that rival in terms of form; that aside, he's open to further improvement.

12/1

1st

7

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket

Ghostwriter

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Clive Cox

Promising colt who is two from two; made all at Ascot (7f, good to firm) for latest win, clocking a good time in the process; likely to stay 1m; clear top on Topspeed figures and looks very appealing.

4/1

Form: 123-05

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Placed in two major 2yo races last term; ran well in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot (again over 1m) most recently, finishing fifth and bettering her 1,000 Guineas effort; big run looks plausible, as she's bred to be suited by 1m2f; dam won the International at 50-1.

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12th

12

(2)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:40 Newmarket

See The Fire

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Nicely bred filly, by Sea The Stars out of a Group 1 winner for her owner; duly showed plenty of ability (on good/soft) last season, winning a maiden on the July course here then running well in the May Hill (3l second to Darnation) and Fillies' Mile (just over 1l third to Ylang Ylang); hung left each time and ideally needs to iron out that trait but otherwise is appealing, with pedigree suggesting she'll do even better as a 3yo.

8/1

Form: 0-1569

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Yet to win above Group 3 level; soundly beaten in Group 1 events at the Curragh and Royal Ascot the last twice; bottom of this pack on ratings and not in the same league as stablemate City Of Troy.

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Form: 115-26

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Smart 3yo who brings Classic form, having finished strongly for second in the Poulains (over 1m on soft ground) before a non-staying sixth in the Derby (over 1m4f; still ran respectably); gives the impression this switch to 1m2f will prove ideal; likely place contender.

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5th

3

(6)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:10 Doncaster

Dancing Gemini

9st 3lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roger Teal

Won a maiden at Newbury (7f, good to soft) on third start and followed up in fine style here (7f, soft) last month, in a Listed race his trainer won in 2017 with subsequent 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win; bred to stay this far; has to be respected following that impressive course win.

9/2

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Straight Forecast £36.10
Tricast £91.00
Trifecta £110.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

City Of Troy

The Star:

Dancing Gemini

RP RATINGS:

City Of Troy

TOPSPEED:

City Of Troy

POSTDATA:

City Of Troy

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City Of Troy

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City Of Troy

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City Of Troy

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City Of Troy

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City Of Troy

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City Of Troy