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Eclipse Stakes Day at Sandown

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The track has been watered and cloudy conditions forecast.

Starting off on Saturday we have the G3 Sprint Stakes over 1000m with 8 runners.

While we don't know a lot about these runners, Mutbaahy is a c&d winner and has won his last two outings over the trip.  Roger Varian saddles with David Egan in the irons and they are on 3/1, together with Raasel from Michael Appleby's yard and James Doyle on board.

Equilateral ran a reasonable race behind Nature Strip in the King's Stand and comes in to this on 11/2 for Charlie Hills and Kevin Shoemark.

The Eclipse – the Coral Eclipse as Coral has been sponsoring the race forever – is named after one of our favourite horses of all time and as an owner gave us a great thrill when we could trace back to this illustrious ancestor.  It's the first time the 3yos come up against the older horses so it makes for interesting competition.

There are two 3yos leading the market – the Aga Khan's Vaderi who won the French Derby by 5 lengths.  He's. by Churchill, trained by Rouget and Soumillon rides – they are on 13/8, and Godolphin's Native Trail (Appleby – Buick) who won the Irish 2000 Guineas and is on 11/4. 

Sir Michael Stoute's Bay Bridge is an "older horse" 4yo who gets the benefit of Ryan Moore on board after Aidan O'Brien withdrew his runners and will start at 4/1, and we also have a soft spot for Alenquer (Haggis-Marquand) on 9/1 which could be value after his win in the Curragh Gold Cup.  There's only 6 runners so it will be very competitive.

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