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Sandown Park

  • 15:10 Coral-Eclipse 1m 2f 7y

  • (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £400,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £226,840 2nd £86,000 3rd £43,040 4th £21,440
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in pls.Round:Good,Good to Firm on bck strt)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 4.77s
  • Off time: 15:12:38

Full result

15:10 Sandown Park Result 2nd July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) So You Think (NZ) 9-7 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 5 4/6f
Tracked leading pair, went 2nd on inside over 2f out, pulled out and driven well over 1f out, closed to lead final 150 yards, stayed on strongly opened 5/6 touched 5/6 £5000-£5000 £3000-£3000 £2000-£2000 £4000-£4400 £2000-£2200(x2) £1000-£1100 £500-£550 £2000-£2400 £1500-£800 £2000-£2500 £1000-£1250(x3) £4000-£5500(x5) £2400-£3300 £2000-£2750(x4) £1600-£2200(x10) £800-£1100(x5) £1333-£2000
2nd (2) ½ Workforce 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 7/4
Tracked leader, led on rail over 4f out, pushed along and quickened 3f out, driven over 1f out, narrowly headed final 150 yards, stayed on opened 13/8 touched 7/4 £10000-£5000 £4000-£2000 £1875-£1000 £1500-£800 £3500-£2000 £2450-£1400 £400-£800(x2) £700-£400(x2) £4875-£3000 £1300-£800
3rd (5) 5 Sri Putra 9-7 N Callan R Varian 5 33/1
Held up in 4th, driven to 3rd inside final 2f, no chance with leading duo opened 25/1 touched 33/1
4th (4) Snow Fairy (IRE) 9-4 J P Murtagh E A L Dunlop 4 10/1
Held up last, ridden and beaten when edged right over 2f out opened 8/1 touched 10/1
5th (1) 23 Confront 9-7 J Fortune Sir Michael Stoute 6 80/1
Dwelt, soon led off inside rail, headed over 4f out, chased leader until over 2f out, soon dropped away, tailed off and eased opened 66/1 touched 80/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £37,475.57 carried forward to Ayr, 2nd Jul
Placepot: £100.20, Pool: £187438.94, 1364.35 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.30, Pool: £11183.13, 732.3 winning tickets

Verdict

A wonderful horserace and a worthy winner. Confront set a sensible gallop, tracked through the early stages by Workforce with So You Think third. The pacemaker was wide on the turn for home and his stablemate went up the inside to lead and consequently found himself in front a long way out. Ryan Moore gradually wound up the pace and two out tried to break the field. At this stage Seamie Heffernan on the winner (tongue lolling out) began was over a length adrift. His rider switched him to the outside of his rival shortly after and he knuckled down well under a hard drive to assert close home. Visually this was a much more impressive performance than Royal Ascot (although the distance back to Sri Putra in third suggests it was of a similar standard) and the winner is going to be a huge player in all the major prizes from now on in. The Irish Champion-Arc route looks the most likely although Aidan O'Brien did float the idea of returning to Australia for a third Cox Plate. Workforce lost little in defeat here and is capable of winning a Group One prize at this trip with the Juddmonte International seemingly the logical next step. He possibly found the ground a little livelier than ideal too and it will be fascinating to see how he's ridden if taking the winner on again in Paris this autumn. Sri Putra emerged as best of the rest but will always struggle at this level while Snow Fairy was never a factor after being held-up on her reappearance. She looked pretty straight beforehand and is likely to be kept to her own sex for her next start.