Eclipse Stakes

The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 event held at each November on Zipping Classic Day.

2021 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Regalo Di Gaetano
  • 2nd: #9 Bonvicini
  • 3rd: #7 Starelle



The 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.

*Note: The 2021 Eclipse Stakes and Zipping Classic Day card moved to late November at Caulfield Racecourse. 

Held under quality handicap conditions, the Eclipse Stakes is an 1800m test with $200,000 prize money on offer.

The Eclipse Stakes is held on one of the biggest race days of the year at Sandown Racecourse (Caulfield in 2021) – Zipping Classic Day. Also featured on the race program are the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), 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 can sometimes act as a lead up race. Some mares come via the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) held at Flemington on Mackinnon Stakes Day, 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 2021 Eclipse Stakes ran on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won by Adelaide raider Regalo Di Gaetano ($10). 

Eclipse Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday November 27, 2021
Track: Sandown Racecourse (Caulfield Racecourse)
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Eclipse Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Regalo Di Gaetano ($10)
  • 2nd: #9 Bonvicini
  • 3rd: #7 Starelle
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 REGALO DI GAETANO Richard & Chantelle Jolly Zac Spain 8 55.5kg $10
2 9 BONVICINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0.4L 5 54kg $12
3 7 STARELLE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 0.6L 4 54kg $7
4 10 ROYAL MILE Lee Creek Jacob Opperman (a) 0.8L 7 54kg $5.50
5 6 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 1L 1 54.5kg $2.70F
6 1 SO SI BON Ben & JD Hayes Luke Nolen 1.1L 10 59kg $10
7 2 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) Patrick Payne Michael Dee 3.1L 2 57.5kg $14
8 8 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 3.3L 9 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $26
9 11 EXCELMAN (NZ) Richard Laming Blaike McDougall 5.05L 3 54kg $26
10 3 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 7.05L 6 57.5kg $21
12 DARLAMAX Andrew Homann Beau Mertens 0
5 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Eclipse Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Eclipse Stakes 2021 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.

Mouro ($3.60 in 2013) was the last favourite in Eclipse Stakes betting to win.

2021 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 2021 Eclipse Stakes field is released the Wednesday before the race and will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria.

2021 Eclipse Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Eclipse Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before race week, the full list of middle-distance stayers targeting the showdown to be announced below.

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.

In 2021 the Eclipse Stakes ran at Caulfield Racecourse.

Eclipse Stakes History

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Eclipse Stakes
1st Regalo Di Gaetano 1 minute 49.66 seconds
2nd Bonvicini
3rd Starelle
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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