On Saturday Betfair Park Sandown Hillside will host the final Melbourne Spring Carnival meeting, the 2010 Sandown Classic Day featuring a bumper nine-race programme including the $125,000 Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
The 2010 Eclipse Stakes has attracted a final field of 15 gallopers including red hot favourite Niblick.
Lloyd Williams’ super consistent four-year-old Niblick has won four of their six race starts including the La Vie En Rose at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day, which has seen them installed at the top of the betting markets at Luxbet.
Another early favourite is the Danny O’Brien-trained Eraset.
The Reset four-year-old scored a classy win in the Sale Cup over the mile two starts back and boasts an impressive record of six wins from 12 starts, but has suffered a blow with a wide barrier 14 draw for Saturday.
Another runner sure to start at the top of the Eclipse Stakes odds for Saturday is John Thompson’s consistent Encosta De Lago six-year-old Tagus coming off a win in the Bundaberg Distilling Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.
Tagus, however, has also drawn wide with barrier 11 for Saturday and will be ridden by Dwayne Dunn.
Other notable runners in the Eclipse Stakes this year include last start winner of a mares’ handicap at Flemington Influential Miss drawn in barrier four and the Matt Laurie-trained The Big Steel.
The 2010 Betfair Eclipse Stakes is scheduled as Race 8 at Sandown on Saturday, due to jump at 4:50pm (AEDST), one race after the highlight event of the day – the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m).
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2010 Eclipse Stakes Final Field, Barrier Draw & Weights
|1||TAGUS||John P Thompson||Dwayne Dunn||11||57|
|3||HANKS||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3||55.5|
|4||PACINO||Clinton McDonald||Les Beer||1||55|
|5||FAST FUTURE (NZ)||Russell Cameron||Michael Rodd||5||54.5|
|6||ERASET||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||14||54.5|
|7||ABSOLUTE FAITH||John McArdle||Chris Symons||13||54.5|
|8||DAVCON||Heath Conners||Ben Melham||12||54.5|
|9||INFLUENTIAL MISS||Pat Carey||Steven King||4||54.5|
|10||NIBLICK||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||9||54.5|
|11||TOKEN OF HONOUR||David Hayes||Craig Williams||7||54.5|
|12||THE BIG STEEL||Matt Laurie||–||6||54.5|
|13||OUR TIGRESS||Michael Moroney||–||2||54.5|
|14||WORK THE ROOM||Colin Little||Glen Boss||8||54.5|
|15||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||–||15||54.5|