The Eclipse Stakes at Sandown is one of the leading races on the Flat calendar in the UK. The distance of 1m2f often sees the leading milers step up in trip, while it remains stiff enough for the best 1m4f horses.
Here is a look at the leading contenders for the race in 2022.
After his victory in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, Baaeed’s trainer William Haggas confirmed that his team were planning to step their horse up to 1m2f at some point this season. His first taste at the new distance may come in the Eclipse Stakes.
Like Frankel did in 2021 in the Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes, Baaeed would elevate himself as one of the best of his generation if he can score over the longer trip.
Baaeed tops the ante-post betting at 3/1 for the Eclipse, such is the confidence behind the horse. He is likely to be one of the leading horse racing tips on the Betfair Blog if he remains in the declarations for the prestigious contest this summer.
Last season’s Derby winner Adayar did not appear in the Eclipse in 2021. His connections opted for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot instead. That proved to be a wise move as he completed his big race double at the Berkshire racecourse.
Adayar’s path this summer may be very different to last year. He is set to start out at Royal Ascot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. If he performs well in that race, he could remain at the 1m2f contest for the Eclipse.
The four-year-old has plenty of speed to be successful over 10 furlongs. His trainer Charlie Appleby has won the Eclipse twice before and his son of Frankel may be his best chance of landing a hat-trick in the race.
2,000 Guineas winner Coroebus is one of three Classic winners out of Appleby’s yard. In order to keep his Newmarket winners Native Trail and Modern Games apart this season, he is going to have to plot different routes for them. The extra 2f in the Eclipse may suit Coroebus the most.
The Dubawi colt finished his race strongly at Newmarket earlier this year. It was an impressive performance as it was the horse’s first run of the season. There is likely to be much more to come from the colt as the campaign progresses. With a weight allowance against the older horses, he would be a big player at Sandown.
With victories in the Prix du Jockey Club, Saudi Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International, Mishriff has earned over £11 million in prize money already in his career. He could add to that in the Eclipse Stakes this summer.
The five-year-old finished third in the race in 2021 which was won by St Mark’s Basilica. The 1m2f trip is arguably this talented horse’s favoured distance. If victorious in the Sandown contest, he will enhance his reputation further as one of the best middle-distance horses of his generation.
The 2022 Eclipse Stakes is scheduled to take place on the 2nd July and the final field for the race will be announced 48 hours prior to the contest.