The Coral Eclipse is famed for being the first time that the British Classic generation can face their older peers at Group 1 level. Stars to have landed the Coral Eclipse in recent years include Sea The Stars, Hawk Wing, the Australian champ So You Think, Nathaniel, Al Kazeem, Mukhadram and Golden Horn. It was won last year by Ulysses in a thrilling photo finish.
Going further back, Coral Eclipse champions include such legends as Mill Reef in 1971, Brigadier Gerard in 1972, Dancing Brave in 1986 and Saddler’s Wells in 1984. It really is one of the most fascinating and important races of the Flat season.
No horse has won the race more than twice, most recently Halling who won in both 1995 and 1996. The leading jockey in the race is Lester Piggott who last won in 1977. Alec Taylor Jr. and Sir Michael Stoute jointly hold the title for top trainer with six wins each to their name.
The Eclipse was named after a celebrated 18th century racehorse who won all 18 of the races he ran. He went on to become a hugely successful sire and can be found in the pedigree of most modern thoroughbreds.
It was first run in 1886 and was won by Bendigo. At this time it was the richest horse race in the UK worth £10,000, more than The Derby at the time. The race has been sponsored by Coral since 1976, and it is now familiarly known as the Coral Eclipse.
Gates open at 11:00am on the 7th of July for Sandown Park’s most prestigious summer raceday.
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