Racing UK’s unbeatable guide to the Eclipse
Saturday 7 July 2012
The Coral-Eclipse today may appear threadbare after the retirement of So You Think but look again and it is a high-class affair.
So You Think may boast more Group One wins than the field put together, but the first meaningful clash of the generations at the highest level has attracted winners of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, the Italian Derby, the Dante Stakes and the Eclipse itself.
Here at Racinguk.com we have assembled everything that you need to know ahead of the ten-furlong Group One contest, which was first run in 1886.
First up we have put together a comprehensive Coral-Eclipse memories package, taking in the brilliant wins of Mtoto and Halling as well as the gutsy face-off between Giant’s Causeway and Kalanisi. Watch all 10 of our selections, picked out by our team of presenters by clicking here:
Graham Cunningham, one of our leading analysts, has taken an in-depth look at the various strands that could affect how the race could pan out. Before So You Think was found lame in his box at Ballydoyle Cunningham was hoping to oppose Farhh, now the big-race favourite. He also looks at whether Cityscape can reproduce his Dubai Duty Free form, and whether Nathaniel can be properly tuned up for his first run in 266 days, having won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last season before finishing down the field in the Champion Stakes. To watch our big-race analysis, click here:
The Racing UK team went to visit Marco Botti this week to hear what the Newmarket handler had to say about the state of Italian racing. Horses such as Ramonti, Electrocutionist and Falbrav all came out of Italy recently and all eyes will be on Crackerjack King to see if he can build on his Italian Derby victory after Afsare’s win at Sandown yesterday. To watch our exclusive interview with Botti at his Newmarket stables, click here:
We exclusively spoke to Simon Crisford this week and Godolphin’s racing manager suggested that the short price about Farhh after just a victory in the Thirsk Hunt Cup was ‘far too short’.
Crisford also highlighted that Monterosso, the Dubai World Cup winner and officially Godolphin's first string, had bigger targets than today’s race later in the season. To listen to our exclusive phone-in with Crisford, click here:
The Racing UK online team have gathered together all of the key quotes from connections to the other horses, from Andrew Balding, trainer of Bonfire, to Teddy Grimthorpe, who is racing manager to the Khalid Abdullah pair of Cityscape and Twice Over. To read their comments, click here: