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2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Tips – Is Sunday the time to take Enable on?

  • Six Group One winners will clash in the 2020 Coral-Eclipse
  • The great Enable is the favourite to win the race for the second year in a row
  • Ghaiyyath, Japan and Lord North could line up in opposition
  • The ITV Racing team will be in Sandown to bring us the best of the action
  • We've analysed the full field to provide our tips
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Enable bounds clear to win last year's Coral-Eclipse. (Getty)

We take a look through the field set to contest Sunday’s main event at Sandown and provide readers with our Coral-Eclipse Stakes tips for Sunday 5th July.

Just when racing fans thought the action might die down in the aftermath of the Epsom Derby, Sandown racecourse stages a stunning renewal of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Sunday. John Gosden’s Enable will make her first six-year-old appearance this weekend and will be a hot-favourite to retain the title she won 12 months ago. There are, however, five fellow Group One winners standing in her way.

2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Odds

Lord North5/1
Magic Wand16/1
Regal Reality16/1

*Odds taken from Coral on 1/7/20*

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Enable comfortably held off Magical to win this race 12 months ago. Magical’s stablemate, Hunting Horn set some swift fractions, in the hope of taking the sting out of Enable’s finish. It wasn’t to be, though, as the favourite hit the front two from home and comfortably held her fellow mare at arm’s length.

There’s no doubt that Enable will go to post as the favourite in Sunday’s main event. She could even get pushed into the realms of odds-on, if Frankie Dettori tastes success on Epsom Derby day. Enable may have been beaten on her latest outing in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but ground conditions will be much more favourable at Sandown this weekend, and John Gosden’s superstar will be very hard to beat.

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Waldgeist comes through to beat Enable in the 2019 Arc. (Getty)

2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Form Guide

Heading the chasing pack we find Ghaiyyath, who drops back to 10-furlongs after a runaway triumph in the Coronation Cup. Charlie Appleby’s multiple Group One winner is clearly a worthy adversary for Enable and the rest of the field to contend with. I, however, have my reservations.

At Newmarket, Ghaiyyath was allowed to stride on at the front as he pleased and was almost handed the race out of the blocks. Front-runners were aided by a strong tail-wind throughout that entire meeting, and the performances of runner-up, Anthony Van Dyck and Defoe in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot hardly advertised the form. William Buick’s charge will go off like a lunatic once again, but I can see him getting run down this time around.

John Gosden hasn’t been afraid to throw another of his charge’s in with Enable down the years, with the likes of Coronet, Jack Hobbs and Lah Ti Dar locking horns with the stablemate. Lord North fully warrant a run in this Group One, having bounded to a superb victory in the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes at Ascot. That being said, I feel the rest of the runners in that Group One underperformed and I’m keen to see if Lord North can repeat that performance against opponents at the peak of their powers.

Japan went to post as the favourite for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, but the writing was on the wall right from the get-go. Aidan O’Brien’s star looked to be carrying plenty of conditions and sweated up noticeably before the start. Ryan Moore’s mount then proceeded to miss the break, before carting his way into contention before the first two furlongs had even been run. In the end, Japan has nothing left in the tank, trailing home a well-beaten fourth.

Magic Wand could only finish tenth in the Melbourne Cup last autumn, but bounced back in excellent style with victory in the Mackinnon Stakes just four days later. O’Brien’s filly looked as good as ever when winning a Listed race on her reappearance. She has, however, been used a pacemaker at times throughout her career, and her MO may simply be to pester Ghaiyyath at the head of affairs and ensure the Godolphin horse isn’t able to bully the field.

Deidre was on hand to capitalise after the market leaders flopped in last year’s Nassau Stakes, claiming a famous Group One victory for Japanese trainer, Mitsuru Hashida. Oisin Murphy’s mount then couldn’t get within three lengths of Magical in two further Group Ones, and was beaten as the 4/11 favourite on her last start out in Saudi Arabia. 

Despite needing a full lap of Sandown Park to settle down before last year’s Coral-Eclipse, Regal Reality ran a cracking race to place third behind Enable and Magical. We all know how adept Sir Michael Stoute is when it comes to handling older horses, but Regal Reality’s performances have been on the slide over the past year and I can’t see him landing a significant blow.

The same can be said for Bangkok, who faded back to fifth after making the running in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. He could be another who rivals Ghaiyyath for the early lead, something Messrs Gosden and O’Brien won’t mind seeing in the slightest.

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Japan (left) gets up to win the Juddmonte International at York in 2019. (Getty)

2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Tips

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Enable holds a special place in the heart of the British public after her exploits in recent seasons. While I would love to see John Gosden’s mare claim victory, I feel this is the best time to take her on. Gosden himself has revealed it’s taken much longer to get his six-year-old fit this year and she may even be in need of the run. Evens is a price I don’t really want a piece of.

I’m going to take Enable on with JAPAN, despite his dismal showing at Ascot. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong for the O’Brien’s star that day. Sunday, however, could be a different story.

Japan was slow to come to hand at two and improved greatly for his first run at three. I expect Ryan Moore’s mount to strip fitter for that outing at Ascot, and the swift pace that’s sure to be set by the likes of Ghaiyyath and Magic Wand could play right into the hands of this sturdy stayer. 

Like Enable, Japan’s best trip is clearly a-mile-and-a-half, but he did have enough about him to grind down Crystal Ocean and win the Juddmonte International over this trip in 2019 and he the odds suggest Japan’s been a little overlooked. 

Coral-Eclipse Stakes FAQs

When is the 2020 Eclipse?

The 2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes will be run on Sunday 5th July.

Where is the Eclipse Stakes run?

The Eclipse Stakes is run at Sandown Park every year.

Who is it called the Coral-Eclipse Stakes?

The Eclipse Stakes was initially named after a horse called Eclipse, who famously enjoyed an unbeaten career between 1788 and 1790. Bookmakers Coral took over sponsorship of the race in 1976, renaming it the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.

Who won the 2019 Coral-Eclipse?

Enable jutified her tag of odds-on favouritism by beating Magical in the 2019 Eclipse Stakes.

How can I watch the 2020 Coral-Eclipse?

The race will be shown live on ITV Racing and RacingTV. Visit our Live Streaming page for details on how you can watch the race via your mobile and tablet.



It may be folly to take on Enable, but first time out as a six-year-old may be the best time to catch her off-guard.

JAPAN is sure to have come on from a poor reappearance at Ascot, and he certainly has the class to cause an upset this weekend.

2020 Coral-Eclipse Stakes Tips: Japan Straight Win @500 at BetMGM - 20 Units

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