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The 2017 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.

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.

2017 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 2017 Eclipse Stakes field will be published here.

No 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 4 54kg 61

2017 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 2017 Eclipse Stakes nominations will be published below.

# 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 Results

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

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Payroll 2 Kidmenever 3 Jacquinot Bay  1:51.4
2016 1 Turnitaround 2 High Church 3 Lidari  1:51.2
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

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