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Sandown Park

  • 15:45 Coral-Eclipse 1m 2f 7y

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £426,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £241,585 2nd £91,590 3rd £45,838 4th £22,834
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 6.94s
  • Off time: 15:47:27

Full result

15:45 Sandown Park Result 7th July 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Nathaniel (IRE) 9-7 William Buick J H M Gosden 4 7/2
Soon led, headed over 9f out, tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, strongly pressed entering final furlong, ran on well and in command towards finish opened 7/2 touched 9/2 £2000-£500
2nd (10) ½ Farhh 9-7 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 4 11/4f
Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, edged right and close up entering final furlong, held towards finish opened 5/2 touched 11/4 £7500-£3000 £5000-£2000(x3) £2500-£1000(x4) £1250-£500(x2)
3rd (7) Twice Over 9-7 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 7 16/1
Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon not much room brielfy, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to challenge opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500
4th (3) 5 Cityscape 9-7 J Doyle R Charlton 6 6/1
Tracked leaders, eased out left over 3f out, soon went 2nd, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong opened 5/1 touched 6/1
5th (5) Crackerjack King (IRE) 9-7 R L Moore M Botti 4 11/2
Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £3900-£600 £3600-£600
6th (6) 7 Bonfire 8-10 J Fortune A M Balding 3 13/2
Held up, took keen hold, ridden and edged left over 2f out, no real headway opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £4250-£500 £5000-£600(x3) £4000-£500(x2) £4000-£500(x3) £3200-£400(x2) £3000-£360(x7)
7th (9) ½ Sri Putra 9-7 N Callan R Varian 6 40/1
Held up in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms opened 33/1 touched 50/1
8th (8) 14 Monterosso 9-7 M Barzalona M Al Zarooni 5 8/1
Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened opened 11/1 touched 11/1
9th (1) 17 City Style (USA) 9-7 Ahmed Ajtebi M Al Zarooni 6 33/1
Prominent, led over 9f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 33/1 touched 40/1
NR (2) Cogito (USA) 8-10 R Hughes B J Meehan 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.80 Tote Place: £1.90,1.10,2.70
Straight Forecast: £13.39 Exacta: £14.50 Trifecta: £144.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.70 2&3:8.10 1&3:7.00

Jackpot: £14,024.74 carried forward to Ayr, 8th Jul
Placepot: £1,360.70, Pool: £223417.3, 119.86 winning tickets
Quadpot: £71.40, Pool: £16474.3, 170.6 winning tickets

Verdict

A fair amount of intrigue was taken from the race with the late absence of last year's winner So You Think but NATHANIEL and Farhh produced a thrilling finish as they pulled clear of the rest of the field. The question mark over the winner prior to the race was whether he would be as effective at this trip as over a mile and a half but the ease in the ground on a testing track and a positive ride from William Buick just about won the day. John Gosden reported that he is stronger this year and although a repeat bid in the King George at Ascot would seem the obvious next step, his trainer is a little concerned the race may come up too quickly. He also floated a potential clash with Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York - wherever he goes, he continues to prove he is a tip-top performer with a regal pedigree. The runner-up was a drifter on the day in the betting as the course dried up with connections saying earlier in the week that the softer the ground the better for him. He is really progressing with racing and showed his run at Royal Ascot was no fluke so a similar event over 10 furlongs will be next on the agenda. Twice Over won this race two years ago and had the rest well beaten in a clear third place. He showed a good level of form once more but was readily left behind by his two younger rivals in the closing stages. Connections rolled the dice with Cityscape to see if he would stay this trip but the stamina ebbed away having travelled as well as anything three furlongs from home. He got to the quarters of the winner at the two pole but then started to tread water and a return to a mile will suit. The rest of the field showed various levels of disappointment. Crackerjack King faded quite tamely inside the distance but this multiple winner in Italy was having his first run for Marco Botti in this country and perhaps needs a bit longer to acclimatise. Godolphin duo Monterosso and City Style both had little impact at the business end as the latter dropped away having set the pace while the World Cup winner was a spent force from two furlongs out. The coal was being shovelled on turning for home and he never really looked happy in the straight before Crackerjack King got in his way slightly at the two pole. A challenge from Bonfire also failed to materialise against the older generation and even if he was not good enough, he has now failed to run with any sparkle twice since his victory in the Dante Stakes at York. It is hard to know what is going on or whether there is something ailing him as he looked smart in May. Sri Putra rocks up at this level regularly and although he was placed in the last two renewals, he never got competitive and is generally out of his depth at the top table.