It’s Coral Eclipse Day which can only mean one thing. One of the biggest races on the UK Flat racing calendar meets an after party to savour. Gates open at 11am and tickets are available.
They’re under starters order at Sandown Park with seven quality races on the card including the Group 1 Coral Eclipse. Raced over 1 and a quarter miles (10 furlongs) this prestigious race provides the first major opportunity of the summer for the stars from the younger generation of 3-year-old horses to race against their 4-year-old counterparts.
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.
This year’s race is shaping up to be another classic with superstar filly Enable due to make a reappearance on home soil after winner a second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the end of September, the first Arc winner to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year.
Enable will face fierce opposition from amongst others Crystal Ocean who produced one of the best performance of the season so far when first past the post at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Likewise the Aiden O’Brien trained filly Magical is a live contender after just losing out to the aforementioned Crystal Ocean at Ascot. If all three horses run expect a battle royale as they thunder up the finishing straight.
After the last race at 5.05pm the entertainment continues in the Parade Ring where BBC Radio 1 DJs Rickie & Melvin will be hosting the official after party.
The Sport of Kings at its best with a Parade Ring party to follow. Book now to be a part of the action!
Gates open at 11am ahead of the first race at 1.50pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day for the Coral Eclips are subject to availability. Checking the Sandown Park Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
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.