The 2020 Coral-Eclipse takes place at Sandown Racecourse on Sunday 5 July (15:35). This year’s renewal is slightly different from normal as 3-year-olds can’t take part, but it still looks to be one of the most exciting recent editions of this Group 1 contest over 1 mile 1 furlong and 209 yards.
The ground is forecast to stay on the soft side of good, and that shouldn’t convenience trailblazer Ghaiyyath too much. The 5-year-old son of Dubawi ran his rivals senseless last time at Newmarket but the form looks suspect. The runner up might have been the 2019 Derby winner, but he was well-beaten next time. The third was Stradivarius and, while he was sensational when winning a third Ascot Gold Cup, that was over a mile further.
Bangkok won a Group 3 over course and distance last year, but he doesn’t look good enough to trouble the principals if they run up to their best. Regal Reality is also a course and distance winner, and was a fair third in last year’s race, but he’s done little to suggest he’s improved since. The admiral Magic Wand is also a class below the best runners in the field.
Deirdre is a regular globetrotter, but she shouldn’t be winning on collateral form from last year when she was beaten by horses such as Magical and Crystal Ocean. Japan has a better chance, as he beat Crystal Ocean at York in a Group last year, but he was getting a useful 7lb that day and was well-beaten at Royal Ascot on his seasonal debut.
Enable is our tip for the Coral-Eclipse, and her lack of a run this season isn’t a worry as she also won last year’s race on her seasonal debut. She was beaten in the Arc on her final run of last season but was outstayed that day on very soft ground over a longer trip. The cut in the ground will help bring her stamina into play over 10-furlongs here and her form is so solid having regularly accounted for Magical and Crystal Ocean, form which gives her the beating of this year’s field.