Eclipse Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Eclipse Stakes will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Eclipse Stakes, a race run over 1m2f at Sandown.

Eclipse Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Eclipse Stakes Preview

Named after the 18th-century racehorse Eclipse, this Group 1 race is run over one mile, one furlong and two-hundred-nine yards (2,002m) and is open to runners who are aged three years old or older. Established in 1886, the race takes place in July of each year at Sandown and is currently sponsored by Coral.

The Eclipse runners run off 8-11 if they are 3yo runners and 9-7 if they are older with fillies and mares receiving a 3lb allowance. There have been some top-class runners who have achieved victory in this race, in recent times the likes of Golden Horn, Roaring Lion and the wonder filly Enable.

Eclipse Stakes Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Sandown tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Sandown Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Eclipse Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2019 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 124%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Eclipse Stakes, the over-round has been 114%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £114 which is bet.

Eclipse Stakes Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Eclipse Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 7 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +1.24. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Eclipse Stakes remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 2:03.40 was set by Sea The Stars in 2009, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by John M Oxx and ridden by Mick Kinane. The slowest winning time was set in 2021 when St Marks Basilica won in a time of 2:10.87, booked to ride was Ryan Moore on this A P O'Brien trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Eclipse Stakes over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2009 - Sea The Stars (2:03.40)
  • 2017 - Ulysses (2:03.49)
  • 2018 - Roaring Lion (2:04.04)

Eclipse Stakes Past Winners

Here are the Eclipse Stakes past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and also the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Eclipse Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
Paddington (GB)
3yo 8-13 (2 of 4) 8/11F
Ryan Moore
A P O'Brien (IRE)
Vadeni (FR)
3yo 8-13 (4 of 6) 11/4
Christophe Soumillon
J-C Rouget (FR)
St Marks Basilica (FR)
3yo 8-11 (1 of 4) 1/1F
Ryan Moore
A P O'Brien (IRE)
Ghaiyyath (IRE)
5yo 9-3 (6 of 7) 9/4
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
Enable (GB)
5yo 9-4 (8 of 8) 4/6F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
Roaring Lion (USA)
3yo 8-11 (7 of 7) 7/4F
Oisin Murphy
John Gosden (GB)
Ulysses (IRE)
4yo 9-7 (6 of 9) 8/1
Jim Crowley
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
Hawkbill (USA)
3yo 8-10 (3 of 7) 6/1
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
Golden Horn (GB)
3yo 8-10 (1 of 5) 4/9F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
Mukhadram (GB)
5yo 9-7 (10 of 9) 14/1
Paul Hanagan
William Haggas (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Eclipse Stakes have been based:

  • GB: 13 winners with an additional 20 placings from 108 runners
  • IRE: 6 winners with an additional 7 placings from 33 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners
  • GER: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • JPN: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • ITY: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Eclipse Stakes Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Eclipse Stakes over the last 20 renewals is A P O'Brien who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Oratorio (2005), Mount Nelson (2008), So You Think (2011), St Marks Basilica (2021) and Paddington (2023). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Eclipse Stakes are John Gosden (4 wins), Sir Michael Stoute (2 wins) and Charlie Appleby (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Eclipse Stakes trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
A P O'Brien 31-5-11 -8.10 -10.90
John Gosden 12-4-6 -1.64 -2.61
Sir Michael Stoute 16-2-7 +1.00 +1.12
Charlie Appleby 4-2-2 +6.25 +3.16
Roger Charlton 6-1-2 -3.12 -2.52
William Haggas 5-1-1 +10.00 +6.40
Saeed bin Suroor 4-1-2 +4.50 +2.27
Brian Meehan 2-1-1 +1.25 +0.35
J-C Rouget 1-1-1 +2.75 +1.72
Roger Varian 5-0-0 -5.00 -4.00

Eclipse Stakes Jockey Statistics

There are multiple leading jockeys in the Eclipse Stakes over the last 20 renewals with all of Ryan Moore, William Buick and Frankie Dettori having all won the race three times. Ryan Moore winners have been with Notnowcato (2007), St Marks Basilica (2021) and Paddington (2023). William Buick winners have been Nathaniel (2012), Hawkbill (2016) and Ghaiyyath (2020). Frankie Dettori winners have been with Refuse To Bend (2004), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2019).

Here are some of the top Eclipse Stakes jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Ryan Moore 16-3-7 -4.27 -5.78
William Buick 10-3-3 +4.75 +1.26
Frankie Dettori 9-3-6 +2.61 +1.13
Jamie Spencer 5-1-2 -1.75 -0.71
James Doyle 5-1-2 -2.12 -2.10
Oisin Murphy 5-1-1 -2.25 -2.91
Seamie Heffernan 5-1-2 -3.33 -2.68
Jim Crowley 4-1-1 +5.00 +1.80
Tom Queally 4-1-2 -1.37 +0.12
Christophe Soumillon 3-1-1 +0.75 -0.28

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 8, 2, 5, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 6, 1, 2, 4, 1, 1, 2, 1, 5, 1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (66%) - No bigger than 14/1
  • 20 / 20 (68%) - Achieved an RPR of 112+ (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (76%) - Had 4 - 14 placings (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Not in a LST/Cl2-4 (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Beaten no more -5¼l (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (79%) - Finished in first five (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (79%) - Placed within last 2 starts
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Highest Placed is not G2/LST/Cl3-4
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Sex is not Filly/Gelding
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Highest Won is not LST/Cl2-4
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Carried 121 - 129lbs (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Achieved a TS of 93+ (Last 5)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Made 4 - 18 starts (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - No older than a 5yo
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Within the first 7 of market

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Sandown racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Eclipse Stakes. If you are a newcomer to horse racing betting, then the number of types of bets can be scary! Don't let that put you off though, head over to this Types Of Horse Racing Bet article and have a read, you will then have a better knowledge of betting on racing in the future and there are plenty of other articles in the OLBG Betting School too.

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Eclipse Stakes Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +24.24 is when runners had 4 career wins in Non-Handicap races. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 career places with the jockey, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-37.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 2 [4 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 4 (3) [6 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 1 [4 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 6 (3) [7 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 8 (7,4) [8 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Eclipse Stakes is Ascot, there has been a total number of 12 winners of this race who ran at Ascot last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Epsom, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Epsom last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 133 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 13 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Eclipse Stakes:

  • Cape Cross (2 Wins)
  • Dubawi (2 Wins)
  • Galileo (2 Wins)
  • Kittens Joy (2 Wins)
  • Siyouni (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Mukhadram in 2014, winning for William Haggas at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Paul Hanagan. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 9 winning favourites in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.

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