Twice Over 2/1 Favourite With Bookmakers For Six Runner Coral Eclipse.
Only six horses will go to post for Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, but what is lacking in numbers is certainly made up for in quality.
The select field is headed by the Henry Cecil trained Twice Over, winner of last seasons’ Champion Stakes at Newmarket, and more recently an unlucky runner-up behind Byword in Royal Ascot’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The 5 year-old is currently 2/1 favourite for the £500,000 contest, ahead of John Gosden’s globetrotting mare Dar Re Mi on 11/4.
Owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dar Re Mi was fifth behind Sea The Stars in last years’ Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, and will be ridden by stable jockey William Buick who is looking forward to the ride saying: " She’s a stable star, an exceptional filly.
" What she did in Dubai was top class and it was a great experience for me.
" She is back down to a mile and a quarter for the first time in a while but I think she has a good chance."
Owner Khalid Abdullah will have another fancied runner, as well Twice Over, in the shape of Zacinto.
A disappointing last of nine in Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes, the Dansili colt has since produced a much better performance to finish fourth behind Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The mount of Ryan Moore, Sir Michael Stoute’s inmate is a top price 9/2 with Skybet and Boylesports for Saturday’s Group 1.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien, who had six entries at the five day declaration stage, relies on French Derby fifth Viscount Nelson, which will surprise many, as the race now lacks a possible pacemaker, in which case tactics will be an important element in deciding the outcome, in what could be a slow run affair.
Viscount Nelson is a best price 7/1 with Ladbrokes along with Mawatheeq, who can be expected to improve significantly on his season debut, when tenth behind Byword and Twice Over at Ascot.
33/1 chance Sri Putra makes up the field of six, with Jukebox Jury and Chabal the most significant absentees.