The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 race that is held on the last day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival - Sandown Classic Day. Contested under quality handicap conditions, the race is over the 1800m distance and favours stayers rather the sprinters. Over the last few years the race has changed distance due to varying locations. When the race was held at Caulfield, the traditional distance was 2000m and now that the event takes place at Sandown, it is run over the closest available distance - 1800m when staged on Sandown’s Hillside circuit or 2100m when hosted by the Lakeside circuit. When it was first run back in 1934 it was a Listed Race, but in 1996 it changed to a Group 3.
On the testing Sandown circuit, this is a true staying test and suits those coming back slightly in distance after competing in earlier carnival races. Those who aren’t genuine stayers are often found out in this event. In 2013, $2.50 favourite Mouro saluted in the Sale Cup (1600m) before posting a half-length victory over Gai Waterhouse’s Rain Drum ($2.80) in the Eclipse. Other quality winners of this event include; Super Impose (1988), Fraar (1992), Fields Of Omagh (2001) and Zazzman (2003). Both Super Impose (1992) and Fields Of Omagh (2003 & 2006) went on to win the Group 1 Cox Plate later in their stellar careers.
|2015||CASINO DANCER||JAMES WINKS||MICK VAN GESTEL||01:48.0|
|2014||ZABISCO||KERRIN MCEVOY||DARREN WEIR||01.49.6|
|2013||MOURO||DAMIEN OLIVER||TONY MCEVOY||01.50.3|
|2012||ÉCLAIR SURPRISE||DOM TOURNEUR||PHILLIP STOKES||01.49.6|
|2011||ROTHERA||LUKE NOLEN||BEN CURRIE||01.52.1|
|2010||VIKING HERO||MARK ZAHRA||MICHAEL MORONEY||01.55.2|
|2009||BASHFUL GIRL||CRAIG NEWITT||ROBBIE LAING||01.49.8|
|2008||ESKIMO DAN||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BEVAN LAMING||02.15.5|
|2007||LIKE IT IS||GREG CHILDS||DARREN WEIR||01.51.4|
|2006||UTILITY||MARK ZAHRA||JANET COLLINS||01.52.0|