The Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown is often the first chance to see the leading three-year-olds take on the older horses.
Six runners have been declared to run, including two Classic winners from the current three-year-old generation. French Derby winner Vadeni has been supplemented, and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail steps up from a mile for the first time.
Alenquer, Bay Bridge, Lord North and Mishriff are the four older horses in the field. All have Group 1 wins to their name except Bay Bridge, winner of the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.
Sandown, 3.35 Saturday – Coral-Eclipse 2022 odds
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Vadeni can end French drought
VADENI is bidding to become the first French-trained horse to win the Coral-Eclipse since 1960. His connections made the late decision to supplement the colt for this race following his impressive success in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby). He picked up strongly in the 1m 2½f contest at Chantilly inside the final couple of furlongs to score by five lengths.
Due to the three-year-old weight allowance, Vadeni and Native Trail will both receive 10lb from the older horses in the race. The 2021 French Derby winner St Mark’s Basilica took advantage of that allowance 12 months ago and his successor Vadeni can do the same.
French trainer Jean-Claude Rouget rarely makes the trip over to the UK, which indicates he is confident of a big run from his horse. The son of Churchill has only had six appearances on the track, so he remains open to a lot of improvement, particularly over this distance.
Vadeni looks all about the turn of foot he shows at the back end of his races. With a small field for this race, he is unlikely to find any issues with traffic inside the final couple of furlongs. Christophe Soumillon is a cool pilot and he will wait as long as possible before asking his horse to win.
Tip: Vadeni @ 13/8 with Sky Bet
More major glory for Mishriff
Few horses in world racing have a better CV than MISHRIFF. The five-year-old has won more than £ 11million in prize money, thanks to major wins in the Saudi Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic, Juddmonte International and Prix du Jockey Club.
John and Thady Gosden’s runner is versatile over 1m 2f and 1m 4f, but the former is his most favorite distance. His sole start this season came in the Saudi Cup where he was defending his crown. He was well beaten in that race but he was not the only talented horse to struggle that day.
Mishriff comes into this race as the highest-rated runner in the field, with an official mark of 125. If he finds anything near his best form again, he will be a big player in this contest.
Enable and Ghaiyyath both won this race as five-year-olds in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The likes of Mtoto, Twice Over and So You Think have also shown their class over the years at the age of five in the race. He should be discounted at your peril.
Mishriff finished third in this race 12 months ago when he hit the front with two furlongs to go. Expect to see David Egan hold on much longer this time and come with his late surging run as late as possible. In what could be a very tactical race, it may play into the hands of the globetrotting star.
Tip: Mishriff @ 7/1 with Sky Bet
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