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Eclipse Stakes

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History

GHAIYYATH winning the Eclipse at Sandown Park in Esher, England.
GHAIYYATH winning the Eclipse at Sandown Park in Esher, England. Picture: Mark Cranham/Pool via Getty Images

The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Set Weights conditions for three year olds and up at Sandown conducted by the Jockey Club.
The Eclipse Stakes is run over the mile and a quarter. It was first run in 1886 and was won by Bendigo.
It is the first of the open class middle distance and above Group 1s of the season to allow the 3yos to run. However in 2020 the 3yos were not ruled eligible for that edition after the Derby was delayed and run the day before due to the coronavirus.
The Eclipse is run on a tough course making it a good stamina test. The Eclipse Stakes forms part of the British Champion Series.
During the two wars, the race was not run and in 1973 it was run at Kempton.
Notnowcato won a fascinating edition in 2007 beating the likes of Derby winner Authorized and George Washington by Ryan Moore heading to the outside fence.
The three year olds have had a fantastic trot in the Eclipse. In the last 20 years they have won it seven times.
In 2011, former Australian champion So You Think won his first English major by outstaying the Derby and Arc winner Workforce.
2018 Horse Of The Year Roaring Lion dropped back from placing in the Derby to win the Eclipse and then won another three more open age G1 races.
The great Enable made her 2019 seasonal return to win in style sitting on the pace under Frankie Dettori. She became one of the few mares to win. It also meant she emulated her father Nathaniel who took it out in 2012.
Leading trainer is Alec Taylor and Sir Michael Stoute with six victories. John Gosden has trained 4 of the last 9 runnings including Enable's win.
Most wins as a jockey is by Lester Piggott with seven.
The Eclipse Stakes was worth £250,000 in 2020 due to the virus.
Notable winners of the Eclipse Stakes include Ghaiyyath (2020), Enable (2019), Roaring Lion (2018), Golden Horn (2015), Nathaniel (2012), So You Think (2011), Sea The Stars (2009), Notnowcato (2007), Oratorio (2005), Falbrav (2003), Hawk Wing (2002), Giant's Causeway (2000), Daylami (1998), Halling (1995/1996), Opera House (1993), Nashwan (1989), Mtoto (1987/1988), Dancing Brave (1986), Sadler's Wells (1984), Kalaglow (1982), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Brigadier Gerard (1972), Mill Reef (1971), St Paddy (1961), Ballymoss (1958), Polyphontes (1924/1925), Buchan (1919/1920) and Orme (1892/1893).
The 2020 Eclipse Stakes was won by Ghaiyyath from Enable and Japan.


Racing and Sports

Previous Eclipse Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
GHAIYYATH (IRE) 5H
DUBAWI (IRE) - NIGHTIME (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
WILLIAM BUICK58.5C APPLEBY6
ENABLE (GB) 5M
NATHANIEL (IRE) - CONCENTRIC (GB) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
L DETTORI59.0JOHN GOSDEN8
ROARING LION (USA) 3C
KITTEN'S JOY (USA) - VIONNET (USA) STREET SENSE (USA)
OISIN MURPHY56.0JOHN GOSDEN7
ULYSSES (IRE) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - LIGHT SHIFT (USA) KINGMAMBO (USA)
JIM CROWLEY60.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE6
HAWKBILL (USA) 3C
KITTEN'S JOY (USA) - TRENSA (USA) GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA)
WILLIAM BUICK55.5C APPLEBY3
GOLDEN HORN (GB) 3C
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - FLECHE D'OR (GB) DUBAI DESTINATION (USA)
L DETTORI55.5JOHN GOSDEN1
MUKHADRAM (GB) 5H
SHAMARDAL (USA) - MAGIC TREE (UAE) TIMBER COUNTRY (USA)
PAUL HANAGAN60.5W J HAGGAS10
AL KAZEEM (GB) 5H
DUBAWI (IRE) - KAZEEM (GB) DARSHAAN (GB)
JAMES DOYLE60.5R CHARLTON2
NATHANIEL (IRE) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - MAGNIFICIENT STYLE (USA) SILVER HAWK (USA)
WILLIAM BUICK60.5JOHN GOSDEN4
SO YOU THINK (NZ) 4H
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - TRIASSIC (NZ) TIGHTS (USA)
J A HEFFERNAN60.5A P O'BRIEN3
TWICE OVER (GB) 5M
OBSERVATORY (USA) - DOUBLE CROSSED (GB) CAERLEON (USA)
T P QUEALLY60.5SIR HENRY CECIL5
SEA THE STARS (IRE) 3C
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - URBAN SEA (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
M KINANE55.5JOHN M OXX5
MOUNT NELSON (GB) 4M
ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) - INDEPENDENCE (GB) SELKIRK (USA)
J MURTAGH60.5A P O'BRIEN1
NOTNOWCATO (GB) 5H
INCHINOR (GB) - RAMBLING ROSE (GB) CADEAUX GENEREUX (GB)
RYAN MOORE60.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE1
DAVID JUNIOR (USA) 4H
PLEASANT TAP (USA) - PARADISE RIVER (USA) IRISH RIVER (FR)
J P SPENCER60.5B J MEEHAN2
ORATORIO (IRE) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - MAHRAH (USA) VAGUELY NOBLE (GB)
K FALLON55.5A P O'BRIEN1
REFUSE TO BEND (IRE) 4H
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - MARKET SLIDE (USA) GULCH (USA)
L DETTORI60.5SAEED BIN SUROOR9
FALBRAV (IRE) 5H
FAIRY KING (USA) - GIFT OF THE NIGHT (USA) SLEWPY (USA)
D HOLLAND60.5L M CUMANI14
HAWK WING (USA) 3C
WOODMAN (USA) - LA LORGNETTE (CAN) VAL DE L'ORNE (FR)
M KINANE55.5A P O'BRIEN6
MEDICEAN (GB) 4H
MACHIAVELLIAN (AUS) - MYSTIC GODDESS (USA) STORM BIRD (CAN)
K FALLON60.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE7
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) 3C
STORM CAT (USA) - MARIAH'S STORM (USA) RAHY (USA)
G DUFFIELD55.5A P O'BRIEN4

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