Sandown Results – Éclair Surprise Takes Out 2012 Eclipse Stakes

Éclair Surprise has proved too good in today’s 2012 Eclipse Stakes, winning the race in dominant fashion ahead of a talented field.

The Blackfriars gelding has now won five of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $365,000 in prize money.

The win makes it three in a row for Éclair Surprise, who won the Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup and Listed Diamond Jubilee Plate at his last two race starts.

Éclair Surprise was paying odds of $6.50 to win the 2012 Eclipse Stakes at

Tai Tai Tess put in a gallant run for second at big odds, while Shewan was awarded third in a photo finish.

Trainer Phillip Stokes was thrilled that Éclair Surprise was able to post his first Group win and will now ready him for a tilt at the Singapore Gold Cup next November.

“(We) rode him for luck again and he got it,” Stokes said.

“He’ll go straight to the paddock now.

“We’re going to try and get him to the Singapore Cup.

“This will help him a lot, get his rating up.

“So he’s going in the right direction.”

Jockey Dom Tourneur was full of praise for Éclair Surprise after the Eclipse Stakes was run.

“He relaxes real good in his races,” Tourneur said.

“He’s a good type of character, he’s certainly going to get further.

“I liked the way he attacked the line.

“When asked to do it he’ll give 100%.

“If we get his rating points up enough he certainly deserves a crack (at the Singapore Gold Cup).”

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2012 Eclipse Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 ECLAIR SURPRISE Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 7 56.5kg $6.50
2 8 TAI TAI TESS Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall 1.25L 3 54kg $16
3 2 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 1.45L 9 58.5kg $17
4 7 ULUNDI Pat Carey Steven King 1.55L 6 54kg $17
5 1 GREY ASSIGNMENT Kelso Wood Glen Boss 2.8L 10 59kg $7
6 10 NICONOISE David Hayes Michael Walker 3.2L 5 54kg $9.50
7 3 INVEST Heath Conners Peter Mertens 3.3L 8 57kg $12
8 4 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 3.8L 2 57kg $4.80F
9 6 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Craig Williams 4.55L 1 56.5kg $5
10 9 KASANE Pat Carey Craig Newitt 5.8L 4 54kg $26