🏇 It’s Coral Eclipse Day which can only mean one thing. Equine history is set to be made at one of the biggest races on the UK Flat racing calendar. Tickets are on sale here.
NEWSFLASH: CONGRATULATIONS to Vadeni who took the spoils in the feature race on Coral Eclipse Day. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon the French Derby winner won the Eclipse in thrilling style, repelling Mishriff by just a neck with Native Trail a head further back in third.
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They’re under starters order at Sandown Park for Coral Eclipse Day with seven quality races on the card including the feature race, the Group 1 Coral Eclipse. Raced over 1 and a quarter miles (10 furlongs) this prestigious race (see our ‘ones to watch’ below) provides the first major summer opportunity for the stars from the younger generation of 3-year-old horses to race against their 4-year-old counterparts. Prize winnings in excess of £600,000 will be at stake.
Some of the best horses of the last generation have won the Eclipse including the legendary Dancing Brave in 1986, Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn in 2015 and Sea The Stars – regarded by many as one of the greatest racehorses of all time – who triumphed in 2009. In 2020 Ghaiyyath, with jockey William Buick on board for trainer Charlie Appleby, who took the spoils defeating 2019 winner Enable.
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Last year featured a showdown between the 2020 French Derby winner and Saudia Cup hero Mishriff (trained by John and Thady Gosden) and duel classic winner St Mark’s Basilica (the star colt from the Aidan O’Brien stable). And in a clash of the generations to remember (watch the race below) it was St Mark’s Basilica, ridden by Ryan Moore, who swooped to victory in the final furlong.
ONES TO WATCH
The 2022 edition of the Coral Eclipse is shaping up to be a classic with Native Trail – the Irish 2000 Guineas winner – currently 3/1 favourite, and Bay Bridge – a classy winner of May’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes also held at Sandown Park – the second favourite at 4/1. Add to the potential mix last year’s Derby winner Adayar and Baaeed – the latter the No.1 ranked thoroughbred in the world – along with last year’s second-placed horse Mishriff, and a mouthwatering line-up in the starting gate is in store.
As well as the prestigious Group 1 Coral-Eclipse, the Group 3 Coral Charge and two listed races feature on this afternoon’s card.
Tickets are on sale via the ‘Get Tickets‘ link.
Gates open at 11am.
First race at 1.50pm.
Last race at 5.20pm.
Travel tips: Free car parking is available in the centre of the racecourse accessible from the More Lane entrance. Parking in the main Sandown Park car park off Portsmouth Road costs £5.
The train is recommended if travelling by public transport from central London. Esher railway station – a 30-minute journey from London Waterloo – is the nearest one to course. The station is a 10-minute walk from the main entrance which can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays. Note: Esher station is located outside of Zones 1-6 and paper ticket should be purchased as Oyster Cards are not valid. For train times visit the National Rail website or call 08457 48 49 50.
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