Held at Sandown on Zipping Classic Day, the Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 event held over 1800m run under the conditions of quality handicap. In 2016 the minimum weight is set to 54kg.
First held in 1937, the race was granted Listed status in 1979 and in 1996 was elevated to the current Group 3 status. The race has featured in various distance changes over the years, having been run as far as 2400m and since 2009 has been run at the current 1800m distance.
Total prize money on offer in 2017 is $150,000. The 2016 winner was the Matthew Williams trained Casino Turnitaround, ridden by Hugh Williams. Other past winners include Casino Dancer, Rothera, Aqua D’Amore, Zazzman, Fraar and the dual winner So Vague
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|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2016 Eclipse Stakes Odds|
|12||HIGH CHURCH||2ND||$6.70 (pl)|
|14||PLOT THE COURSE||4TH||-|
The 4YO has developed a handy record as trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman take their time with the gelding with long term targets in mind. In three runs this campaign, he has shown steady improvement as he has been stepped out in distance each time. Resuming in a benchmark 84 at Caulfield over 1440m, he didn’t really get into the contest and found them a bit sharp first-up. His next run came in the Listed Sale Cup over 1600 where he was allotted 55.5kg and after racing on the pace on a track rated at a heavy 9, he went within a head of landing the win. His most recent start came on Oaks Day where he was beaten a half-length after leading them up over the 1800m trip. Kerrin McEvoy keeps the ride and with 54kg from barrier 2 looks to get into this with plenty of upside.
Trained by Mike Moroney, Alaskan Rose will be looking to join the four mares that have been able to win this race in the past 11 renewals. Rounding out her 3YO campaign in the G1 Qld Oaks, she resumed after a Winter spell in a benchmark 90 mares only race at Caulfield over 1400m carrying 54kg. Settling near the rear, the mare finished in good style, swooping home to take the win by just under a half-length, defeating French Emotion and Miss Gunpowder. Taken to Caulfield second-up for the 1600m G3 Ladies Day Vase, she made a stack of ground and was hitting the line late, when beaten 3 lengths behind Euro Angel. In the Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley she was within 1.5 lengths of the winner Kaniana in taking 3rd and then in the G2 Matriarch Stakes at her latest run had absolutely no luck in getting clear... read more Trained by Mike Moroney, Alaskan Rose will be looking to join the four mares that have been able to win this race in the past 11 renewals. Rounding out her 3YO campaign in the G1 Qld Oaks, she resumed after a Winter spell in a benchmark 90 mares only race at Caulfield over 1400m carrying 54kg. Settling near the rear, the mare finished in good style, swooping home to take the win by just under a half-length, defeating French Emotion and Miss Gunpowder. Taken to Caulfield second-up for the 1600m G3 Ladies Day Vase, she made a stack of ground and was hitting the line late, when beaten 3 lengths behind Euro Angel. In the Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley she was within 1.5 lengths of the winner Kaniana in taking 3rd and then in the G2 Matriarch Stakes at her latest run had absolutely no luck in getting clear running and was never really tested. read less
A 7YO gelding, Tucanchoo will be third-up this preparation and will be over 1800m for his second successive start. Resuming in the Listed Weekend Hussler at Caulfield over 1400m, he carried 54.5kg and after settling near the rear found them a bit sharp at that stage of his prep and ran home into 7th. Out to 1800m for the Listed Cup Day Plate and with 55.5kg, he hit the line strongly to grab 2nd behind Fabrizio. During his last preparation he started four times, landing three wins and a 2nd. When 3rd up last time in he finished 3rd in the G3 Tattersalls Cup at Eagle Farm over 2200m, beaten just under a half-length by Index Linked and won at his following start in the Listed Winter Cup over 2400m at Rosehill. Dwayne Dunn maintains the ride and has ridden him to three previous victories.
The 6YO gelding will be third-up this preparation following his first two runs at Caulfield and Flemington. First-up in the G3 Moonga Stakes over 1400m, he raced on the pace and returned a good effort in finishing 2nd against some sharp sprinter/milers, splitting the winner Voodoo Lad and Takedown. Second-up in the Listed Cup Day Plate over 1800m, he had to contend with a wide gate and after pressing forward early, could not find a position. Trying to settle, he was no loser than three-wide the trip and was four-wide for a good portion of the race. The hard run told and he was left flattened, yet continued to put in. Last campaign he won when third-up over 1700m and carrying 58.5kg on a track rated a heavy 10 and at his only attempt at Sandown, was a winner over this trip.
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.
|2016||TURNITAROUND||HUGH BOWMAN||MATTHEW WILLIAMS||01:51.2|
|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|