The 2016 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 $150,000 prize money on offer.
The Eclipse Stakes is held on one of the biggest race days of the year at Sandown Racecourse. 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.
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.
The 2016 Eclipse Stakes will be run on November 12th.
|Eclipse Stakes 2016|
|Date:||November 12th 2016|
|Race Type:||Open Quality|
2016 Eclipse Stakes Betting Odds
2016 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 2016 Eclipse Stakes field is released the Wednesday before the race.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x1xD2x029||LIDARI (FR)||Darren Weir||John Allen||5||59kg||102|
|2||x311118x30||TURNITAROUND||Matthew Williams||Hugh Bowman||14||58.5kg||101|
|3||x118284470||JACQUINOT BAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||6||58kg||100|
|4||4402846×22||PUCCINI (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Stephen Baster||8||58kg||100|
|5||11x4740x00||AUVRAY (FR)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||57kg||98|
|6||4106x0x083||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||3||56.5kg||97|
|7||120×984590||MAGNAPAL||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Luke Currie||12||56.5kg||97|
|8||61x1121x72||TUCANCHOO (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||15||56kg||96|
|9||x1519125x6||LORD VAN PERCY (GB)||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||13||55kg||94|
|10||8421×74087||GABELLA (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||10||54kg||90|
|11||32087×1535||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||9||54kg||84|
|12||x2511557x4||HIGH CHURCH (IRE)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||7||54kg||84|
|13||321213×922||COOL CHAP||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||2||54kg||83|
|14||5x586x5218||PLOT THE COURSE||Michael Trotter||Damian Lane||4||54kg||82|
|15||901230×066||TEMPS VOLEUR||Robbie Laing||11||54kg||79|
2016 Eclipse Stakes Nominations
The Eclipse Stakes nominations draw horses from stables around the entire country, but the majority hail from local barns. Many horses enter the Eclipse Stakes nominations as a last run or a last effort to secure some prize money and places. Although, there are often some genuinely quality horses among the Eclipse Stakes nominations.
The 2016 Eclipse Stakes nominations will be published here.
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
|1st||Turnitaround||1 minute 51.26 seconds|
|1st||Casino Dancer||1 minute 48.0 seconds|
|1st||Zabisco||1 minute 49.7 seconds|
|1st||Mouro||1 minute 50.3 seconds|
|1st||Eclair Surprise||1 minute 49.6 seconds|
|2nd||Tai Tai Tess|
|1st||Rothera||1 minute 52.1 seconds|
|1st||Viking Hero||1 minute 55.2 seconds|
|2009Eclipse Stakes||1st||Bashful Girl||1 minute 49.8 seconds|
|3rd||Down Under Boy|
|2008Eclipse Stakes||1st||Eskimo Dan||2 minutes 15.5 seconds|
|2007Eclipse Stakes||1st||Like It Is||2 minutes 50.4 seconds|
|2006Eclipse Stakes||1st||Utility||2 minutes 52.0 seconds|
|2005Eclipse Stakes||1st||Aqua D’Amore||2 minutes 14.5 seconds|
|2004Eclipse Stakes||1st||Requisite||1 minute 49.6 seconds|
|2003Eclipse Stakes||1st||Zazzman||2 minutes 03.8 seconds|
|3rd||You Little Beaut|
|2002Eclipse Stakes||1st||Damaschino||2 minutes 02.1 seconds|
|2001Eclipse Stakes||1st||Fields Of Omagh||2 minutes 11.1 seconds|
|2000Eclipse Stakes||1st||Tickle My||2 minutes 07.0 seconds|