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2011 Coral-Eclipse (G1)

7/2/2011, Sandown-GB
1 1/4 m (Turf)
3+ M
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What a fantastic race that the G1 Coral-Eclipse turned out to be at Sandown today!! Two of the world's turf heavyweights going head to head. A very smart, very savvy ride by Seamie Heffernan on So You Think today!! Ryan Moore tracked his pacesetter, Confront, on Workforce. Then he kicked for home just past the 3f pole, and took first run on So You Think. Those same tactics, kicking for home at the 3f pole is what got So You Think nailed at the wire at Ascot by Rewilding. Heffernan simply got So You Think to increase his cruising speed, sat chilly as a cucumber until the 2f pole, then he got So You Think to show off that fantastic turn of foot that he has. So You Think caught Workforce in the stretch, went on by him, and ended up beating him by 1/2 length to win the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes for trainer Aidan O'Brien and Ballydoyle!! Really, a fantastic race indeed. It's now uploaded on YouTube. If you haven't seen it? I suggest you take a minute to watch the replay!!
  • BrianZipse · Workforce, the Derby and Arc winner, had the perfect trip, and So You Think still proved best ... I still say he is the best horse in the world. · 1791 days ago
  • medlocke · @BrianZipse, I believe So You Think is definitely the best middle distance turf horse in the world, for sure. Coolmore's already put up the $25,000 enrollment fee during the "early enrollment period" for the Breeders Cup races back on June 27th. Coolmore put up $25,000 each for Canford Cliffs, Treasure Beach, and So You Think. I'm quite certain that Canford Cliffs will go to the B.C. Mile. Looking to dethrone Goldikova this year. My guess is that Treasure Beach will be sent to the B.C. Turf. And I'm also guessing that O'Brien has every intention of running So You Think in this year's Classic. O'Brien's one of those trainers that believes special horses can run on any surface. And he knows he's really got a special one in So You Think. A lot of the better American conventional dirt horses were retired after last year's Classic. So I'd say So You Think will be a beast to beat in this year's Classic. Even on the dirt. O'Brien sent Giant's Causeway over for the Classic in 2000 for the same reason. He knew he had a special horse that could likely run on any surface. · 1791 days ago
Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown turn's out to be a much smaller field than initially estimated that it would be. Only 5 horses in the field. But what makes the race intriguing is that 3 of 5 horses in the race are 3 of the highest rated middle distance turf horses in the world. Workforce, the 2010 Epsom Derby and Arc De Triomphe Champion. So You Think, a 4 time G1 champion in Australia, including back to back G1 Cox Plates, plus a win in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland. And last but certainly not least, Snow Fairy. In 2010, this filly won the G1 Epsom Oaks, the G1 Irish Oaks, the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan, and she also beat a stellar field of males in the G1 Hong Kong Cup. Snow Fairy also had a 2nd place finish behind Midday in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks in 2010. All three of these horses, at their best, are capable of winning the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Saturday. It should make for quite an exciting race!!
Even with Canford Cliffs having been pulled out of the race, this year's Coral-Eclipse still looks quite an intriguing race with the likes of So You Think, Workforce, Snow Fairy, and Cape Blanco as the top 4 horses in the 8 horse field. Many people are excited at the prospect of seeing So You Think and Workforce in the same race. But I submit that if she's in anywhere near the same kind of form she displayed in Japan when she won the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, or in Hong Kong when she won the G1 Hong Kong Cup, that Snow Fairy cannot just be summarily dismissed in this race either? The field that Snow Fairy beat at Sha Tin in the G1 Hong Kong Cup back in December was a stellar field of some of the very best middle distance turf horses in the world. Which included Vision D' Etat, Irian, Packing Winner, Stacelita, Planteur, Cirrus Des Aigles, Super Satin, and Reggane among others.
Jockey Ryan Moore, who rode So You Think to his win in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland, and his 2nd place finish in the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Ascot will not be available to ride So You Think in Saturday's G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Because he's the regular stable jockey for Sir Michael Stoute, and is committed to ride Workforce for Stoute in the race. It's being widely rumored on many European racing web-sites that Australian jockey, Steven Arnold, who rode So You Think to all of his G1 successes in Australia, including back to back G1 Cox Plates, has contacted So You Think trainer, Aidan O'Brien, and offered his services to come to Sandown on Saturday, and pilot So You Think once again. With the defection of Johnny Murtagh as Ballydoyle's top jockey this season, O'Brien's been trying to use Ryan Moore as much as availability allows. But with him already committed to ride Workforce in the race, I think it would be a very smart, very savvy move on the part of O'Brien to allow Steven Arnold to ride So You Think in the Coral-Eclipse. Nobody knows the horse as well as Steven Arnold does.
This could turn out to be one of the strongest running's of the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes in many years. A real vintage renewal of the race!! With the likes of So You Think, Workforce, Snow Fairy, Canford Cliffs, and Midday all already listed as probable for the race. That's some real turf heavyweights right there. Others still listed as possible for the race include Cavalryman, Twice Over, Rio De La Plata, Calvados Blues, Confront, and Campanologist. Some very talented horses among the possibles as well. Can't wait to see this race happen!!

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