Coral Eclipse Betting Preview And Tips
Masar was a stunning winner of the Investec Derby last month, and the Charlie Appleby-trained raider will now look to take on the older horses and is currently top of the Coral-Eclipse Odds for what looks to be a fascinating renewal, which will take centre stage at Sandown Park at 2:10pm on Saturday afternoon.
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|Roaring Lion to win Best Bet||100/30|
It may lack the quality of previous renewals, but Masar was an excellent winner of the Derby, and now receiving weight from his older rivals is entitled to be the 7/4 favourite with Paddy Power, but could a drop in trip play to his strengths in the Coral-Eclipse, as he was certainly not slowing up at the end of the 1m 4f Derby, and this 1m 1f 209y could just leave a little vulnerable to a potential pacier rival.
Saxon Warrior was a hot favourite for the Derby, but could only finish fourth, and he failed to take victory in the Irish Derby last weekend, as he could only end up third behind shock winner Latrobe, so the 7/2 chance with Coral will need to build on that run if he is to feature here, and with such a quick turnaround then he may find it tough.
Third in the Derby was Roaring Lion, and he will be one that enjoys dropping back in trip for this race, as he showed when cruising to victory in the Dante Stakes at York that he can blossom over 1m 2f, and if the 100/30 shot with Coral can emulate that fine run on the Knavesmire then he could be the one to beat here.
Aidan O'Brien, who last won this race in 2011 with So You Think, will unleash a three-pronged attack and while Saxon Warrior will spearhead his trio it's arguably Happily that makde the most appeal, as she has ran decent races in a host of Group 1 races this season, and with 3lb sex allowance aiding her cause then she is the each-way value at 8/1 with Betway.
Cliffs Of Moher is the other Ballydoyle runner for O'Brien's team, but the 25/1 chance with Paddy Power has often disappointed at the highest level, and will struggle to give weight away to all his younger adversaries, so he is one to ignore in what is a race that lacks significant quality from the older contenders.
Forest Ranger (16/1 with Betfair) has won the Earl Of Sefton Stakes and Huxley Stakes this season, but this is a significant step up, and he could be found out at the highest level, while Hawkbill (33/1 with Coral) has struggled of late and is another that will have to set for a minor finish.
So, with the three-year-olds set to dominate it's Roaring Lion that can prevail at 100/30 with Coral, if he can emulate his authoritative win in the Dante Stakes, and while Masar will run him close the drop back in trip could hinder the Derby hero in Saturday afternoon's showpiece race on the Flat.