Coral Eclipse 2022: Ante-Post Tips & Preview

Coral Eclipse 2022: Ante-Post Tips & Preview

Andy Holding casts an early eye over the 11 runners confirmed for the Coral Eclipse at Sandown, including the supplemented race favourite Vadeni.

After the brilliance of three-year-old Westover in the Irish Derby, attentions are now focused on the first all-age clash of the season in the shape of the Coral Eclipse

Who is the Coral Eclipse favourite?

Vadeni (5/2) currently heads the betting after connections confirmed the Prix Du Jockey Club winner will be supplemented for a cool 50k and a repeat of his five-length victory at Chantilly will obviously put him in the mix. 

Whether he needs an easy surface to be at his best remains to be seen, but either way he looks strong stayer at 1m2f and with the overall record of the Classic generation in this contest pretty good down the years, the son of Churchill will be hoping to become the first French winner of the Group 1 Sandown feature since Saint Crespin back in 1959.  


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The other previous Classic winner, Native Trial (7/2), represents a team who have a decent record in recent renewals and for a horse who has shaped as though a mile is the bear minimum of his stamina spectrum, Charlie Appleby's colt should be well suited by this stiff 1m2f. 

Where is the Each-Way Value?

Of the older horses, both Bay Bridge (6/1) and Alenquer (8/1) have the advantage of previous C&D knowledge to call upon and that valuable experience is likely to count for plenty in the final analysis. 

The former was well-fancied to back up his victory in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at the Esher venue at Royal Ascot last time out and although he ran with plenty of credit, the relatively slow pace set by State Of Rest ultimately did him few favours. Back over a stiffer track with a likely stronger gallop, Sir Michael Stoute's colt can prove he very much belongs at Group 1 level. 

The latter brings strong recent Group 1 form to the table courtesy of his victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh and he looks another who is likely to make his presence felt. Both State Of Rest and Broome have endorsed the form of his game win at the Co Kildare track and having also won at Sandown on his only previous visit, he makes plenty of sense from an each-way perspective.

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