Coral Eclipse Stakes Odds
The Coral Eclipse Stakes is arguably Sandown's most important Flat race of the entire season, as we bring you the latest free bet codes to use on all the races from the Sandown Festival, including up to date offers to use on the feature race, the Coral Eclipse Stakes.
Named after Eclipse, a celebrated 18th-century racehorse whose breeding record is regarded as the best in the business. In fact, there is a strong chance that nearly every top-class horse to have succeeded in racing is someway related to the great Eclipse, who was unbeaten in 18 starts during his career. It was Eclipse that inspired the phrase "Eclipse first and the rest nowhere" which is still used by commentators in this modern era.
Sponsored and backed by big-hitting bookmaker Coral, who now have established the longest sponsorship of Group One Racing in British racing history, the race is one punters and purist savour every season. It is run over 10 furlongs and is worth 240,000 to the winner.
Sandown is a very picturesque course and when the sun shines, which it usually does for this meeting as it falls in the first weekend in July, it can provide a stunning backdrop to a richly engrossing race. As with all Group One races in Britain it always produces a top-class winner.
The roll of honour can be described otherwise as a who's who of Flat racing. Some of the greatest jockey and trainers to have lived have tasted success in the race, including Lester Piggott, who rode seven winners in the race.
In more recent times, horses trained by legendary handlers like Aidan O'Brien, who has had five Eclipse winners, and Sir Michael Stoute, who trained two winners, have a rich association with the race.
The 2012 renewal was won by top-class four-year-old Nathaniel, who was part of a very successful season for trainer John Gosden, who won eight Group One races.
If he stays in training he is the likely runner to win the 2013 renewal but the same could be said for top three-year-old Camelot.