Saturday sees the 2012 Coral Eclipse Stakes take place at Sandown, and following the withdrawal of Aiden O'Brien's So You Think due to injury, it now appears to be wide open. We'll share our thoughts on the top prospects and those we think can challenge for the Group One prize.
Farhh (9/4 To Win The Eclipse Stakes) - Supplemented by Godolphin, as was widely expected, following a superb run to finish third at Ascot in the Prince Of Wales's behind So You Think and Carlton House (also absent on Saturday), Farhh is lightly-raced at four and has risen to prominence quickly this season. Raced four times with two handicaps and maiden in that number, questions are there as to his ability at this level, however should he find his Ascot form here he could be difficult to beat.
Nathaniel (7/2 To Win The Eclipse Stakes) - Half length second to Frankel on debut, has gone on to prove himself at Group One level, winning the King George at Ascot last year, beating Workforce and St Nicholas Abbey. Trainer John Gosden has indicated he may appreciate a run this season before aiming for the King George once more, and best successes have come at 12f rather than the 10f at Sandown here.
Cityscape (5/1 To Win The Elipse Stakes) - Finally achieved Group One success at Meydan in March, taking the Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night, and little to suggest follow up performance in Hong Kong was more than a blip. Jockey James Doyle is confident of his mount's chances to snatch a place but he's never raced at this trip. Likes ground with a bit of cut in it so a little rain will do no harm to his chances.
Of the remaining six runners, best of the rest could well go to Monterosso (11/1 To Win The Eclipse Stakes), winner of the Dubai World Cup last time out. If he can rediscover that form he will doubtless be present at the business end of proceedings on Saturday. The same can be said for Sir Henry Cecil's Twice Over, who despite his advancing years has reportedly been in fine form at home of late.