Eclipse Stakes

  • Date: Saturday November 14, 2015
  • Racecourse: Sandown
  • Race Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $150,000

2016 Eclipse Stakes News

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Puccini has been backed into 2015 Villiers Stakes odds of $12, but trainer Darren Weir believes that the inconsistent galloper will need plenty of luck to win the Group 2 event at Royal Randwick tomorrow.

Brad Rawiller has been booked to ride Puccini in the 2015 Villiers Stakes at Royal Randwick this weekend. Photo by: …

The 2015 Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Sandown Racecourse every November in Victoria. It forms part of the back end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and provides one last chance for many horses, trainers and connections.

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The race is contested over a trip of 1800m and there is $150,000 in prize money on offer for winning connections.

The race is run under quality handicap conditions and now takes its place on Sandown’s biggest race card.

The Eclipse Stakes used to be run the week after Zipping Classic Day but in 2011 it was moved forward to create a card with four group races. The schedule now boasts the Group 1 Zipping Classic, Group 2 Sandown Guineas, Group 3 Sandown Stakes, Group 3 Summoned Stakes, Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes and three listed events.

This race has changed forms in more than just dates over the years as it used to be run at Caulfield Racecourse.

With the shift in venue came a shift in distance too and over the years it’s been anything from the 1800m it is now up to 2100m.

Sandown is known for its tough straight which is uphill and means horses need to be able to run out a strong 1800m to be any chance.

Being at the very end of the carnival horses can come from any number of lead up races and there’s often a number dropping in both class and distance.

It also means this will be the final run of the prep for most runners so there’s no doubt they’ll be presented in the best possible conditions.

It’s been a race that has produced some future champions though and it does take a decent horse to win it.

Super Impose came through here way back in 1988 and Fields Of Omagh got up in 2001.

More recently Like It Is won in 2007, Viking Hero in 2010 and Rothera at big odds in 2011.

2015 Eclipse Stakes Field

The Eclipse Stakes field usually attracts a fairly decent range of stayers and milers. While a few horses may step up to the 1800m, the nature of the Sandown track means that the Eclipse Stakes field is usually filled out with horses stepping down in distance.

The 2015 Eclipse Stakes field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 18040×0008 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 16 58.5kg 102
2 840×332009 RUDY Helen Page Glen Boss 12 58.5kg 102
3 2789×27274 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 9 57.5kg 100
4 0x48504410 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston Damian Lane 8 57kg 99
5 2677×02742 MALICE John O’Shea James McDonald 6 57kg 99
6 1375×17145 WORTHY CAUSE John Zielke Luke Dittman (a) 1 56.5kg 98
7 6212413811 DIGITALISM John Sadler Mark Zahra 2 56kg 97
8 x5x95x0x00 CALVIN WILLIAMS (FR) Darren Weir Kerrin McEvoy 4 55.5kg 96
9 2504×05025 SCREAM MACHINE Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 7 54.5kg 94
10 44550×4351 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing Vlad Duric 14 54.5kg 94
11 7522505133 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel James Winks 13 54kg 95
12 2101×01221 SLATE ON EDGE Brett Thompson Dwayne Dunn 3 54kg 92
13 x31687x333 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney Ryan Maloney 11 54kg 90
14 17x86233x8 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 5 54kg 88
15 x23x11x5x8 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Michelle Payne 18 54kg 82
16 116×577112 LORD ATHENAEUM (NZ) Stuart Webb Patrick Moloney (a) 15 54kg 81
17e 3216×112 PLOT THE COURSE Michael Trotter Steven King 10 54kg 78
18e 2586x067x7 DURNFORD Quinton Scott Jordan Mallyon (late alt) 17 54kg 78

2015 Eclipse Stakes Nominations

The Eclipse Stakes nominations usually feature a fairly diverse range of horses of varying talents and from a variety of preparations. The majority of those gallopers which enter the Eclipse Stakes nominations are coming off the back of a fairly extensive spring carnival campaign and have well established form.

The 2015 Eclipse Stakes nominations will be published below.

Eclipse Stakes Results

Eclipse Stakes winners and place getters since 2000 with winning times are displayed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD  TBD
2015 1 Casino Dancer 2 Puccini 3 Worthy Cause  1:48.0
2014 1 Zabisco 2 Pheidon 3 Extra Zero  1:49.7
2013 1 Mouro 2 Rain Drum 3 Bel Thor  1:50.3
2012 1 Eclair Surprise 2 Tai Tai Tess 3 Shewan  1:49.6
2011 1 Rothera 2 Folding Gear 3 Ulundi  1:52.1
2010 1 Viking Hero 2 Davcon 3 Niblick  1:55.2
2009 1 Bashful Girl 2 Rose Syrah 3 Down Under Boy  1:49.8
2008 1 Eskimo Dan 2 Instructor 3 Sentire  2:15.5
2007 1 Like It Is 2 Shinzig 3 Hidden Strings  1:50.4
2006 1 Utility 2 Douro Valley 3 Flash Trick  1:52.0
2005 1 Aqua D’Amore 2 Stamen 3 Wild Classic  2:14.5
2004 1 Requisite 2 Fonome 3 Caveat Emptor  1:49.6
2003 1 Zazzman 2 Chairman’s Choice 3 You Little Beaut  2:03.8
2002 1 Damaschino 2 Another Warrior 3 British Buska  2:02.1
2001 1 Fields Of Omagh 2 Thong Classic 3 Aquiver  2:11.1
2000 1 Tickle My 2 The Collector 3 Aka Bilk  2:07.0