Eclipse Stakes

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

2020 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 So Si Bon
  • 2nd: #12 Power Scheme
  • 3rd: #1 Homesman



The 2020 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 2020 Eclipse Stakes ran on Saturday November 14, 2020 and was won by So Si Bon in a photo-finish. 

Eclipse Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 So Si Bon
  • 2nd: #12 Power Scheme
  • 3rd: #1 Homesman

So Si Bon ($9.50) returned to winning form in a devastatingly close photo-finish over Power Scheme ($16) and Homesman ($7) with less than a length separating the first five over the line in Sandown’s 2020 Eclipse Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 6 59kg $9.50
2 12 POWER SCHEME Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 0.1L 5 55kg $16
3 1 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 0.2L 4 61kg $7
4 4 ALL TOO HUIYING Phillip Stokes Michael Poy 0.4L 8 57kg $7
5 9 PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 0.9L 10 55kg $10
6 7 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Luke Currie 1.65L 3 55kg $26
7 3 PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Dean Yendall 1.85L 2 58.5kg $10
8 10 WEST WIND (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2.05L 7 55kg $3.90F
9 5 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill Ben Allen 3.05L 9 55.5kg $6
10 11 LAMBORGHINI (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 9.05L 1 55kg $26
6 DANZDANZDANCE Dean Binaisse Glen Boss 0
8 SHOT OF IRISH Richard Laming Teodore Nugent (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Eclipse Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Eclipse Stakes 2020 betting odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock-in your Eclipse Stakes Tips at the hottest spring odds.

2020 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 2020 Eclipse Stakes field is released the Wednesday before the race and will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria.

A dozen runners make-up the 2020 Eclipse Stakes field including recent Crystal Mile winner Homesman carrying the topweight and looking to atone for a disappointing Cup Day performance.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1260x70x17 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 5 61kg 108
2 16×4539734 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 7 59kg 104
3 310x482x89 PACODALI (IRE) Maddie Raymond Dean Yendall 3 58.5kg 103
4 63x6414x11 ALL TOO HUIYING Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 9 57kg 100
5 45050×6422 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill Ben Allen 10 55.5kg 97
6 x5663x9006 DANZDANZDANCE Dean Binaisse Glen Boss 1 55kg 99
7 x030717434 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Luke Currie 4 55kg 96
8 51121×8263 SHOT OF IRISH Richard Laming Teodore Nugent (a) 11 55kg 94
9 42x313x21x PAPPALINO (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 12 55kg 92
10 15×8322111 WEST WIND (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 8 55kg 90
11 235x995x05 LAMBORGHINI (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 2 55kg 88
12 x52366x311 POWER SCHEME Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 6 55kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Eclipse Stakes Nominations

The 2020 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.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1260x70x17 HOMESMAN (USA) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 61kg 108
2 16×4539734 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 2 59kg 104
3 02×9041116 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 58.5kg 103
4 310x482x89 PACODALI (IRE) G 8 Maddie Raymond 4 58.5kg 103
5 31037×3119 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg 100
6 1x0x11x220 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 6 57kg 100
7 63x6414x11 ALL TOO HUIYING H 6 Phillip Stokes 7 57kg 100
8 3815674505 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 8 57kg 100
9 x5663x9006 DANZDANZDANCE M 6 Dean Binaisse 9 55kg 99
10 12224×0018 HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 10 56kg 98
11 45050×6422 GOLD FIELDS G 8 Logan McGill 11 55.5kg 97
12 0x31428255 PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 8 Danny O’Brien 12 55.5kg 97
13 2635×72423 ODEON (NZ) G 7 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 13 55kg 96
14 x030717434 ROMANCER (NZ) G 7 Grahame Begg 14 55kg 96
15 51121×8263 SHOT OF IRISH G 6 Richard Laming 15 55kg 94
16 42x313x21x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander 16 55kg 92
17 70x120x0x1 KENYA (IRE) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 17 55kg 92
18 15×8322111 WEST WIND (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 55kg 90
19 235x995x05 LAMBORGHINI (NZ) G 10 Patrick Payne 19 55kg 88
20 x52366x311 POWER SCHEME G 4 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 20 55kg 85
21 x514847x53 SAVAHEAT (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 21 55kg 85
22 3129×95748 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 4 Lindsey Smith 22 55kg 83
23 x21215x926 GAMAY M 4 Archie Alexander 23 55kg 81
24 0960319329 NO EFFORT M 6 Gavin Bedggood 24 55kg 80
25 21343×7047 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 25 55kg 79
26 2x1950x083 GAME OF THORNS M 4 Kris Lees 26 55kg 76
27 5224×11 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 4 Symon Wilde 27 55kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2020
Eclipse Stakes
1st So Si Bon 1 minute 49.61 seconds
2nd Power Scheme
3rd Homesman
2019
Eclipse Stakes
1st Pacodali 1 minute 51.56 seconds
2nd Setting Sail
3rd Exasperate
2018
Eclipse Stakes
1st Tally 1 minute 51.22 seconds
2nd He Ekscels
3rd Muraaqeb
2017
Eclipse Stakes
1st Payroll 1 minute 51.45 seconds
2nd Kidmenever
3rd Jacquinot Bay
2016
Eclipse Stakes
1st Turnitaround 1 minute 51.26 seconds
2nd High Church
3rd Lidari
2015
Eclipse Stakes
1st Casino Dancer 1 minute 48.0 seconds
2nd Puccini
3rd Worthy Cause
2014
Eclipse Stakes
1st Zabisco 1 minute 49.7 seconds
2nd Pheidon
3rd Extra Zero
2013
Eclipse Stakes
1st Mouro 1 minute 50.3 seconds
2nd Rain Drum
3rd Bel Thor
2012
Eclipse Stakes
1st Eclair Surprise 1 minute 49.6 seconds
2nd Tai Tai Tess
3rd Shewan
2011
Eclipse Stakes
1st Rothera 1 minute 52.1 seconds
2nd Folding Gear
3rd Ulundi
2010
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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