Eclipse Stakes

The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown's Ladbrokes Park in mid-November on Zipping Classic Day.

2019 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Pacodali
  • 2nd: #4 Setting Sail
  • 3rd: #11 Exasperate

The 2019 Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown Racecourse – now known as Ladbrokes Park – towards the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Held under quality handicap conditions, the Eclipse Stakes is an 1800m test with $160,000 prize money on offer.

The Eclipse Stakes is held on one of the biggest race days of the year at Sandown Racecourse – Zipping Classic Day. Also featured on the race program are the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) and three listed events, including the Sandown Cup (3200m).

The Eclipse Stakes is often targeted by horses who are towards the end of their spring racing campaign. The Listed Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m), run under handicap conditions at Flemington around a week and a half before can sometimes act as a lead up race. Some mares come via the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) held at Flemington a week before, a race the 2017 Eclipse Stakes winner Payroll improved on a lead-up second in. The Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes on Derby Day is another potential Eclipse Stakes lead-up for spring stayers.

Following their run in the Eclipse Stakes there are a number of avenues horses can pursue. Many might head to the paddock, while some might continue to seek a few placings to round off their spring campaign during the summer races.

The 2019 Eclipse Stakes ran on Saturday November 16, 2019 and was won by veteran seven-year-old Pacodali. 

Eclipse Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Pacodali
  • 2nd: #4 Setting Sail
  • 3rd: #11 Exasperate

The Lindsey Smith-trained veteran seven-year-old Pacodali carried the topweight to a commanding 1.75 length win in the Eclipse Stakes 2019 results to defeat Charlie Appleby’s English raider Setting Sail who ran second as the beaten short-priced favourite.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 PACODALI (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 8 59kg $6.50
2 4 SETTING SAIL (GB) Charlie Appleby James Doyle 1.75L 2 56kg $2.05F
3 11 EXASPERATE Matthew Brown Beau Mertens 4.25L 5 54kg $51
4 7 SAVAHEAT (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 4.45L 11 54kg $13
5 6 MR MONEY BAGS Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 5.7L 1 54kg $9.50
6 8 DANON ROMAN (JPN) Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 6.45L 9 54kg $21
7 3 PLEIN CIEL (GER) Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 7.95L 10 57kg $6
8 9 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Barend Vorster 8.7L 6 54kg $31
9 10 MR CLARIFY (NZ) Wayne Walters Patrick Moloney 9.45L 3 54kg $151
10 2 MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis Jack Martin (a) 9.55L 7 57.5kg $26
11 12 ZOUY’S COMET Richard Laming Ms Linda Meech 11.05L 4 54kg $41
5 SHEEZDASHING Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 0

2019 Eclipse Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Eclipse Stakes 2019 betting odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at for you to lock-in your Eclipse Stakes Tips at the hottest spring odds.

2019 Eclipse Stakes Field

The Eclipse Stakes field is usually contested by horses who are nearing the end of their spring campaign. As a result, many of the runners in the Eclipse Stakes field are at peak fitness and have provided quite a bit of form for punters to follow. In the past, the Eclipse Stakes field has featured some top quality horses, and the winner is almost always a very handy type.

The 2019 Eclipse Stakes field is released the Wednesday before the race and will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria.

2019 Eclipse Stakes Nominations

The 2019 Eclipse Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before race week, the full list of middle-distance stayers targeting the Sandown Hillside showdown to be announced below.

The Eclipse Stakes 2019 nominations attracted a bumper 28 early entries including Widgee Turf and Pacodali who are also the co-topweights for the Kevin Heffernan Stakes on the same day. The in-form Admiral’s Joker comes off a Chatham Stakes second, the Chris Waller-trained So You Win was narrowly beaten for third on Melbourne Cup Day, while Charlie Appleby’s UK raider Setting Sail could line-up first-up down under in the race.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21017×5392 WIDGEE TURF G 6 Patrick Payne 1 59kg 104
2 451252×443 PACODALI (IRE) G 7 Lindsey Smith 2 59kg 104
3 2x332x70x0 POUNAMU G 8 Michael Kent 3 58kg 102
4 x004980x60 MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ) G 7 Peter Gelagotis 4 57.5kg 101
5 51821×1112 ADMIRAL’S JOKER G 7 Kylie Vella 5 57.5kg 101
6 x67310x465 PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 7 Anthony Freedman 6 57kg 100
7 2421218211 DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 56.5kg 99
8 1650×62400 MAHAMEDEIS G 5 Nick Ryan 8 56kg 98
9 x211234243 SO YOU WIN G 5 Chris Waller 9 56kg 98
10 1x1441231x SETTING SAIL (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 10 56kg 98
11 x147x27882 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 11 54kg 96
12 x5315x8124 A SHIN ROOK (JPN) G 6 Anthony Freedman 12 54kg 94
13 1111×53630 FIDELIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 13 54kg 92
14 1555310×00 ETANA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 54kg 88
15 x573525x04 SHEEZDASHING M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 15 54kg 87
16 1x6226x347 ONE MORE TRY M 5 Matt Cumani 16 54kg 87
17 x22352x0x9 KING OF CAMELOT (FR) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 54kg 85
18 30×0906642 MR MONEY BAGS G 5 Robbie Griffiths 18 54kg 83
19 5752617×11 SAVAHEAT (NZ) G 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 19 54kg 82
20 2123135×71 PRINCE ZIGGY G 6 Jamie Edwards 20 54kg 81
21 3527x566x1 DANON ROMAN (JPN) G 6 Anthony Freedman 21 54kg 81
22 510×985744 MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 22 54kg 75
23 9087×54673 MR CLARIFY (NZ) G 7 Wayne Walters 23 54kg 75
24 242229×293 MR EXCLUSIVE G 4 Matthew Brown 24 54kg 74
25 209018×745 PLOT THE COURSE G 8 Michael Trotter 25 54kg 74
26 13412128×3 EXASPERATE G 5 Matthew Brown 26 54kg 73
27 7676115665 BRIGADIER (NZ) G 7 Wayne Walters 27 54kg 72
28 21x1060x13 ZOUY’S COMET G 4 Richard Laming 28 54kg 70

Eclipse Stakes History

The Eclipse Stakes has over the years acquired a reputation for quality fields and top notch winners.

The Eclipse Stakes race distance has changed a few times over the years, varying between 2100m and the current 1800m.

The 2013 Eclipse Stakes was held at Caulfield because Sandown was undergoing renovations. Prior to 2011, the Eclipse Stakes was held the week following the Zipping (Sandown) Classic. However, it was moved in order to create a significant feature race card on Zipping Classic Day.

Once a Principal Race, the Eclipse Stakes was given listed status at the introduction of the Group system. It held that until 1997, when it was upgraded to a Group 3 event.

The Eclipse Stakes was not held for two years, 1942 and 1943.

Notable Eclipse Stakes winners include Balkan Prince (1937), Morse Code (1950, 1952), Sky Call (1971), Pride Of Century (1981), Innocent King (1994), Fields Of Omagh (2001) and Mouro (2013). Eclipse Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Eclipse Stakes History

Year Place Horse Time
Eclipse Stakes
1st Pacodali 1 minute 51.56 seconds
2nd Setting Sail
3rd Exasperate
Eclipse Stakes
1st Tally 1 minute 51.22 seconds
2nd He Ekscels
3rd Muraaqeb
Eclipse Stakes
1st Payroll 1 minute 51.45 seconds
2nd Kidmenever
3rd Jacquinot Bay
Eclipse Stakes
1st Turnitaround 1 minute 51.26 seconds
2nd High Church
3rd Lidari
Eclipse Stakes
1st Casino Dancer 1 minute 48.0 seconds
2nd Puccini
3rd Worthy Cause
Eclipse Stakes
1st Zabisco 1 minute 49.7 seconds
2nd Pheidon
3rd Extra Zero
Eclipse Stakes
1st Mouro 1 minute 50.3 seconds
2nd Rain Drum
3rd Bel Thor
Eclipse Stakes
1st Eclair Surprise 1 minute 49.6 seconds
2nd Tai Tai Tess
3rd Shewan
Eclipse Stakes
1st Rothera 1 minute 52.1 seconds
2nd Folding Gear
3rd Ulundi
Eclipse Stakes
1st Viking Hero 1 minute 55.2 seconds
2nd Davcon
3rd Niblick
2009Eclipse Stakes 1st Bashful Girl 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Rose Syrah
3rd Down Under Boy
2008Eclipse Stakes 1st Eskimo Dan 2 minutes 15.5 seconds
2nd Instructor
3rd Sentire
2007Eclipse Stakes 1st Like It Is 2 minutes 50.4 seconds
2nd Shinzig
3rd Hidden Strings
2006Eclipse Stakes 1st Utility 2 minutes 52.0 seconds
2nd Douro Valley
3rd Flash Trick
2005Eclipse Stakes 1st Aqua D’Amore 2 minutes 14.5 seconds
2nd Stamen
3rd Wild Classic
2004Eclipse Stakes 1st Requisite 1 minute 49.6 seconds
2nd Fonome
3rd Caveat Emptor
2003Eclipse Stakes 1st Zazzman 2 minutes 03.8 seconds
2nd Chairman’s Choice
3rd You Little Beaut
2002Eclipse Stakes 1st Damaschino 2 minutes 02.1 seconds
2nd Another Warrior
3rd British Buska
2001Eclipse Stakes 1st Fields Of Omagh 2 minutes 11.1 seconds
2nd Thong Classic
3rd Aquiver
2000Eclipse Stakes 1st Tickle My 2 minutes 07.0 seconds
2nd The Collector
3rd Aka Bilk

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