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Eclipse Stakes

Group 1 race
Eclipse Stakes
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 1886
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Coral
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 7y (2,018 m)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 10 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £500,000 (2009)
1st: £283,850

The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 7 yards (2,018 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early July.

The event is named after Eclipse, a celebrated 18th-century racehorse. It was established in 1886, and its inaugural prize fund was £10,000. This was donated by Leopold de Rothschild at the request of General Owen Williams, a co-founder of Sandown Park. At that time it was Britain's richest ever race (the same year's Derby Stakes was worth £4,600). From its launch, the Eclipse Stakes attracted high-quality fields. The first three finishers in 1903 — Ard Patrick, Sceptre and Rock Sand — had won seven Classics between them.

The race has been sponsored by the bookmaker Coral since 1976, and it is now familiarly known as the "Coral-Eclipse". It has continued to feature Classic winners, and the most recent of these to achieve victory was Sea the Stars (the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner) in 2009.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Orme – 1892, 1893
  • Buchan – 1919, 1920
  • Polyphontes – 1924, 1925

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottMystery IX (1951), Darius (1955), Arctic Explorer (1957), St. Paddy (1961), Pieces of Eight (1966), Wolver Hollow (1969), Artaius (1977)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Alec Taylor, Jr.Bayardo (1909), Lemberg (1910, dead-heat), Buchan (1919, 1920), Craig an Eran (1921), Saltash (1923)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • 17th Earl of DerbySwynford (1911), Colorado (1927), Fairway (1928), Caerleon (1931), Gulf Stream (1946)

Winners since 1969

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1969 Wolver Hollow 5 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Hope Goddard Iselin 2:11.80
1970 Connaught 5 Sandy Barclay Noel Murless Jim Joel 2:06.00
1971 Mill Reef 3 Geoff Lewis Ian Balding Paul Mellon 2:05.40
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop 2:20.20
1973 Scottish Rifle [1] 4 Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop Sandy Struthers 2:12.39
1974 Coup de Feu 5 Pat Eddery Duncan Sasse Tim Sasse 2:08.86
1975 Star Appeal 5 Greville Starkey Theo Grieper Waldemar Zeitelhack 2:06.10
1976 Wollow 3 Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 2:05.42
1977 Artaius 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Mrs G. Getty II 2:05.30
1978 Gunner B 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Mrs P. Barratt 2:05.05
1979 Dickens Hill 3 Tony Murray Mick O'Toole Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet 2:06.17
1980 Ela-Mana-Mou 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern Simon Weinstock 2:10.20
1981 Master Willie 4 Philip Waldron Henry Candy Robert Barnett 2:07.44
1982 Kalaglow 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony P. Ward 2:08.83
1983 Solford 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:06.36
1984 Sadler's Wells 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:04.53
1985 Pebbles 4 Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain Sheikh Mohammed 2:07.33
1986 Dancing Brave 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Khalid Abdullah 2:06.18
1987 Mtoto 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:04.33
1988 Mtoto 5 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:06.14
1989 Nashwan 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:07.38
1990 Elmaamul 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:04.63
1991 Environment Friend 3 George Duffield James Fanshawe Bill Gredley 2:07.61
1992 Kooyonga 4 Warren O'Connor Michael Kauntze Mitsuo Haga 2:10.83
1993 Opera House 5 Michael Kinane Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:06.25
1994 Ezzoud 5 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:04.70
1995 Halling 4 Walter Swinburn Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:05.32
1996 Halling 5 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:08.05
1997 Pilsudski 5 Michael Kinane Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock 2:12.51
1998 Daylami 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:06.82
1999 Compton Admiral 3 Darryll Holland Gerard Butler Erik Penser 2:06.42
2000 Giant's Causeway 3 George Duffield Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:05.32
2001 Medicean 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 2:04.65
2002 Hawk Wing 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 2:13.34
2003 Falbrav 5 Darryll Holland Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 2:05.59
2004 Refuse to Bend 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:08.31
2005 Oratorio 3 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:07.00
2006 David Junior 4 Jamie Spencer Brian Meehan Roldvale Ltd 2:07.31
2007 Notnowcato 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute A. & D. de Rothschild 2:05.85
2008 Mount Nelson 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:05.56
2009 Sea the Stars 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx Christopher Tsui 2:03.40
2010 Twice Over 5 Tom Queally Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 2:04.64

1 The 1973 running took place at Kempton Park.

Earlier winners

  • 1886 - Bendigo
  • 1887 - no race
  • 1888 - Orbit
  • 1889 - Ayrshire
  • 1890 - no race
  • 1891 - Surefoot
  • 1892 - Orme
  • 1893 - Orme
  • 1895 - Le Justicier
  • 1896 - St. Frusquin
  • 1898 - Velasquez
  • 1901 - Epsom Lad
  • 1902 - Cheers
  • 1904 - Darley Dale
  • 1905 - Val d'Or
  • 1906 - Llangibby
  • 1907 - Lally
  • 1908 - Your Majesty
  • 1910 - Lemberg / Neil Gow *
  • 1913 - Tracery
  • 1914 - Hapsburg
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Buchan
  • 1920 - Buchan
  • 1921 - Craig an Eran
  • 1922 - Golden Myth
  • 1923 - Saltash
  • 1924 - Polyphontes
  • 1925 - Polyphontes
  • 1926 - Coronach
  • 1928 - Fairway
  • 1929 - Royal Minstrel
  • 1930 - Rustom Pasha
  • 1931 - Caerleon
  • 1932 - Miracle
  • 1933 - Loaningdale
  • 1934 - King Salmon
  • 1935 - Windsor Lad
  • 1936 - Rhodes Scholar
  • 1937 - Boswell
  • 1938 - Pasch
  • 1940–45 - no race
  • 1946 - Gulf Stream
  • 1948 - Petition
  • 1949 - Djeddah
  • 1950 - Flocon
  • 1951 - Mystery IX
  • 1953 - Argur
  • 1954 - King of the Tudors
  • 1955 - Darius
  • 1956 - Tropique
  • 1957 - Arctic Explorer
  • 1959 - Saint Crespin
  • 1960 - Javelot
  • 1962 - Henry the Seventh
  • 1963 - Khalkis
  • 1965 - Canisbay
  • 1966 - Pieces of Eight
  • 1967 - Busted

* The 1910 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 106. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 



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