Small Field Set For Coral Eclipse
A small field is expected for the 2013 Coral Eclipse with only eight horses confirmed at the five-day stage for the Group 1 contest that will be run at Sandown on Saturday.
The field is headlined by duel Group 1 winner Al Kazeem who has been flawless so far this season with two wins from two starts.
The Dubawi five-year-old upset Camelot to win the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup before scoring a narrow victory over Mukhadram in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes during the 2013 Royal Ascot Festival.
Al Kazeem is the clear favourite in the Coral Eclipse betting market at Bet365 and is currently available at odds of 6/4.
The other Royal Ascot winner on track for the Coral Eclipse is Declaration of War who upset the highly-fancied Animal Kingdom to win the Queen Anne Stakes.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt will be stepping up to one mile and two furlongs for the first time since his win in the 2012 Group 3 Diamond Stakes and is priced at Coral Eclipse odds of 11/4.
One of the best backed runners this week has been The Fugue who stormed home late to finish third behind Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales.
The Dansili filly hasn’t won since her victory in the 2012 Nassau Stakes but will definitely be a factor if the race is run to suit.
2012 Champion three-year-old Camelot remains a chance to contest the race but trainer Aidan O’Brien has indicated that retirement could be on the cards for the Galileo colt as he has failed found to find his best form since suffering a severe bout of colic at the end of last year.
“The last day at Royal Ascot, he obviously hadn’t come back to his best and while the Eclipse is still an option, retirement is something we might have to consider as well,” O’Brien said.
“He’s a very important horse to us and he’s not one we want to take any risks with.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes runner-up Mukhadram; Irish colt Mars and globetrotter Pastorius are expected to round out the field.