Eclipse Stakes

The 2017 Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Sandown's Ladbrokes Park in mid-November on Zipping Classic Day.

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Eclipse Stakes 2017 Tips & Odds Update

Eclipse Stakes 2017 Tips & Odds Update

One of the biggest fields at Ladbrokes Park on Saturday is assembled for the 2017 Eclipse Stakes, betting tips and updated odds on the staying clash found below. Running as Sandown Race 9 at 5:20pm (AEDT), 14 gallopers are in the mix for this year’s Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m). Despite the size of…

The 2017 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 – 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.

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 2017 Eclipse Stakes will be run on Saturday November 18, 2017 .

Eclipse Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday November 18, 2017
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Eclipse Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #10 Payroll
  • 2nd: #3 Balf’s Choice
  • 3rd: #7 Dodging Bullets

Read our full Eclipse Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Preview.

2017 Eclipse Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Eclipse Stakes 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.

2017 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 2017 Eclipse Stakes field is released the Wednesday before the race and will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The official Eclipse Stakes 2017 Final Field attracted 14 stayers led by the Darren Weir-trained Raw Impulse drawn the rails and coming off a narrow second over 1600m at Flemington from last Saturday. Dodging Bullets chases a third win on the trot after taking out the Kyneton Cup (2000m) last time out, while smart mare Payroll is down in weight after her Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) second on Emirates Stakes Day.

Read more on the 2017 Eclipse Stakes Field & Betting Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 24x42x32x8 KIDMENEVER (IRE) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 100
2 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Thomas Sadler 2 59kg 100
3 4111151514 BALF’S CHOICE Ryan Balfour Damien Oliver 13 57.5kg 97
4 33x0x03800 FOUNDATION (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 12 57.5kg 97
5 167×162255 NOZOMI Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 14 56kg 94
6 4197×88732 RAW IMPULSE (GB) Darren Weir Damian Lane 1 56kg 94
7 243×643211 DODGING BULLETS Symon Wilde Regan Bayliss 10 55.5kg 93
8 4053443393 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 55kg 92
9 4067×70150 PURE PRIDE (NZ) Murray Johnson Stephen Baster 11 55kg 96
10 03x512x732 PAYROLL Richard Laming Damien Oliver 7 54.5kg 95
11 21216×3016 VON TUNZELMAN (NZ) Roger James Michael Dee 3 54kg 89
12 6079357272 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Stan Tsaikos 5 54kg 86
13 35x08000x1 RAGHU (NZ) Jason Warren Ben Thompson (a) 6 54kg 86
14 9x80x47145 KHARTOUM Pat Carey Patrick Moloney 4 54kg 61

2017 Eclipse Stakes Nominations

The 2017 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 2017 Nominations attracted 15 hopefuls including the Charlie Appleby-trained international raider Kidmenever who is allocated the equal 59kg top weight with the John Sadler-trained Observational, both gallopers coming off eighth place runs in their final lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 24x42x32x8 KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby 1 59kg 100
2 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 7 John Sadler 2 59kg 100
3 4111151514 BALF’S CHOICE G 5 Ryan Balfour 3 57.5kg 97
4 33x0x03800 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 57.5kg 97
5 4067×70150 PURE PRIDE (NZ) M 5 Murray Johnson 5 55kg 96
6 03x512x732 PAYROLL M 5 Richard Laming 6 54.5kg 95
7 167×162255 NOZOMI G 6 Anthony Freedman 7 56kg 94
8 4197×88732 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 8 56kg 94
9 243×643211 DODGING BULLETS G 6 Symon Wilde 9 55.5kg 93
10 4053443393 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 55kg 92
11 21216×3016 VON TUNZELMAN (NZ) G 5 Roger James 11 54kg 89
12 35x08000x1 RAGHU (NZ) H 5 Jason Warren 12 54kg 86
13 6079357272 LORD DURANTE G 9 Simone Ferchie 13 54kg 86
14 054335×000 UN DE SCEAUX G 5 Todd Balfour 14 54kg 73
15 9x80x47145 KHARTOUM G 4 Pat Carey 15 54kg 61

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
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Turnitaround 1 minute 51.26 seconds
2nd High Church
3rd Lidari
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1st Casino Dancer 1 minute 48.0 seconds
2nd Puccini
3rd Worthy Cause
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1st Zabisco 1 minute 49.7 seconds
2nd Pheidon
3rd Extra Zero
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1st Mouro 1 minute 50.3 seconds
2nd Rain Drum
3rd Bel Thor
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1st Eclair Surprise 1 minute 49.6 seconds
2nd Tai Tai Tess
3rd Shewan
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1st Rothera 1 minute 52.1 seconds
2nd Folding Gear
3rd Ulundi
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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