24th June 2015 – This year’s Eclipse sees its 40th anniversary of sponsorship from Coral, the longest standing flat sponsorship in racing. The Group 1 Coral-Eclipse is the first time three year olds can face their older rivals and makes up a key part of the British Champion Series.
Golden Horn leads the line-up and is set to go off as odds on favourite for the race. The 3 year old, currently has four wins from his first four outings and is bidding to become the first horse to achieve victory in a Classic and the Eclipse since See the Stars in 2009.
John Gosden, trainer of Golden Horn & Western Hymn said;
“Golden Horn is in good form and has pleased us since his win in the Investec Derby. The target has always been the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park and we look forward to running him there.”
Of his other entries he commented; “Western Hymn ran a fine race at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the ground was on the fast side for him. He loves Sandown Park and it would be our intention to run.”
The exciting Andre Fabre colt New Bay leads the challenge. He won the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club, making light work of a terrible draw to run down a top quality field beating Aiden O’Brien’s Highland Reel by 1 ½ Lengths.
Andre Fabre, trainer of New Bay said;
“He stayed on strongly last time out in the Prix du Jockey Club at the end of May and we are really pleased with how he has come out of the race. We are looking forward to taking on the English Derby winner in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on Saturday 4th July”
Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course, Sandown Park said:
“We have never seen the French & English Derby winners compete against each other at Sandown and this makes this year’s renewal of the Coral-Eclipse extra special. We are looking forward to hosting the clash.”
Tickets for Friday 3rd July, Ladies Day and Saturday 4th July, Coral-Eclipse Day are available from £16.20 if booked in advance. For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.sandown.co.uk or phone the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3012.