Coral Eclipse Stakes Stats and Trends

The Esher venue of Sandown Park ranks amongst the leading dual-purpose tracks in the country, providing the stage for top-class events, both over jumps and on the flat. Topping the bill at this time of year on the level is this 1m2f Group 1 affair, which takes place in early July and always attracts an excellent field and a healthy crowd.

Named in honour of one of the greatest horses of the l8th century and sponsored by Coral since 1976, the event boasts a spectacular roll of honour. Past winners include the legendary names of Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave, Sea The Stars, and Enable. Not bad company for a horse to find itself in.

Offering a very impressive £750,000 in total prize money (as of 2024), and open to all runners aged three and older, the race presents punters with a fascinating puzzle as the Classic generation locks horns with the most talented older horses in training. Here we look back at the 24 editions of this exceptional contest that have taken place between 2000 and 2023, and highlight a selection of stats and trends which may help you zero in on the winner – or at least rule a few runners out of the equation.

Age of Winner

Coral Eclipse Stakes Age of Winner

The older runners boast the best combined record, with 14 of 24 (58.33%) winners aged four or above. However, the three-year-olds lead the way in terms of the specific age of the winner, with 10 of 24 taking advantage of their 10lb weight for age allowance to prevail.

Overall, this one isn’t the strongest of races for age trends. That said, it could be worth noting that six of the nine editions between 2015 and 2023 were won by a three-year-old, whilst runners aged six or above appear to be very much up against it.

Top Trainers

Coral Eclipse Stakes Top Trainers

Another British Group 1, and another in which Aidan O’Brien leads the way, with his seven Sandown wins making him the most successful trainer in the history of the race. Five of O’Brien’s seven winners fell into the three-year-old category. Having also won the 1993, 1994, and 1997 editions, Sir Michael Stoute sits just one behind O’Brien on the all-time list.

Leading Riders

Coral Eclipse Stakes Leading Riders

Coral-Eclipse wins have been spread liberally amongst the jockeys, with the 24 editions in our sample falling to 16 riders. Nevertheless, the biggest names have risen to the top.

Having also won the 1998 edition with Daylami, the irrepressible Frankie Dettori has four wins in total but surely won’t be adding to that tally now. However, as the number one riders for Godolphin and Ballydoyle, William Buick and Ryan Moore respectively, may yet get closer to the seven wins of all-time leader Lester Piggott.

Finishing Position Last Time Out

Coral Eclipse Stakes Finishing Position Last Time Out

Arriving on the back of an at least reasonably positive performance has been essential in the Coral-Eclipse. 50% of winners also scored last time out, 79.17% finished in the first three, and all 24 finished in the top five on their most recent racecourse appearance.

Route to the Race

Coral Eclipse Stakes Previous Race

The Royal Ascot Festival dominates this category, with 15 of the 24 winners (62.50%) arriving on the back of a run at the June showpiece. Being held over the same 1m2f trip, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes unsurprisingly leads the way.

Interestingly, of the eight winners who ran in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, only one managed to win the Ascot event, so don’t rule out anyone from that one too hastily. The 1m4f Epsom Derby leads the way amongst the three-year-old-only contests, followed by the St. James’s Palace Stakes over 1m, suggesting runners with the class to go well in those events are able to cope with the drop down or step up in trip.

Highest Grade of Previous Win

Coral Eclipse Stakes Highest Grade of Previous Wins

The 24 results in our sample suggest that if a horse hasn’t previously shown they are up to scoring in Group company, they are unlikely to break their duck in this classy event. Overall, proven Group 1 performers have dominated, with 20 of 24 winners (83.33%) having at least one previous top-level success to their name.

Fate of the Favourite

The market leaders boast a solid record in this event – at least in terms of strike rate. With 10 wins in 24 editions, the 41.67% win rate compares favourably with the 30% figure across all races. However, with seven of the 10 winning favourites returning an SP of even money or shorter, a £1 level stakes punt on the jolly resulted in a loss of £4.16.

Overall, the market rarely gets this too far wrong, with 16 of 24 winners returning a price of 7/2 or shorter. Of the remainder, all bar two were a single figure price, with the exceptions being Oratorio, who won at 12/1 in 2005, and 14/1 winner Mukhadram (2014). This, then, is not a race to be looking too far down the odds in search of your pick.

Other Stats

  • Galileo, Dubawi, Cape Cross, and Kitten’s Joy led the way amongst the sires with two wins each. Galileo also sired the dam of back-to-back winners in 2020 and 2021.
  • 22 of 24 (91.67%) winners had run within the past 35 days. Nathaniel defied the biggest absence from the track when returning from a 266-day break to land the 2012 edition.
  • 17 of 24 winners (70.83%) had previously won over 1m2f or further.
  • Only five of 24 winners had previously won at the track.