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GROUP 1 CORAL-ECLIPSE: Race Preview | Saudi Cup winner Mishriff returns to British shores

Who will write their name into flat racing history after this weekend’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park?

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John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot

John & Thady Gosden’s Mishriff heads the market for Saturday’s Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park where he will partner David Egan once again, with whom he has secured top-level successes at Riyadh and Meydan so far in 2021, respectively.

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The Make Believe colt has enjoyed most of his success on an international stage, racking up a Group 1 and Group 2 in France last season, including the Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly, before his exploits in Asia this campaign.

WATCH: CORAL-ECLIPSE FAVOURITE MISHRIFF TAKES THE SAUDI CUP IN FEBRUARY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He reopposes William Haggas’s Addeybb this weekend, after the duel Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero thrashed him on Champions Day at Ascot back in October under Tom Marquand, before attaining more glory Down Under earlier this year.

Will Addeybb and Tom Marquand prove too strong for Mishriff again in the Coral-Eclipse?

Haggas told Sky Sports Racing that he will be hoping for the heavens to open ahead of Saturday’s feature event.

“He needs a run and my forecast says there is a chance we’ll get some rain on Friday and Saturday.

“What will be, will be.”

William Haggas
William Haggas won the Eclipse in 2014 through Mukhadram

We’ve had this in mind since he got back from Australia so we’re pleased to be there.

“He’s quite durable, but the ground on both occasions in Australia was not as soft as he’d like.”

Two-time French Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica sandwiches the pair in the market for Aidan O’Brien, who hasn’t won this race since 2011 but connections put their hopes on last season’s Dewhurst hero to overturn that statistic.

St Mark's Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica ridden by Frankie Dettori (right) wins The Darley Dewhurst Stakes from Wembley ridden by Ryan Moore (left) at Newmarket Racecourse

Roger Varian’s El Drama, who won a Listed race at Chester in May, was well put in his place across the English Channel by his Saturday Ballydoyle rival when finishing way down the pack and looks a rank outsider on that merit in Esher.

WATCH: ST MARK’S BASILICA LANDS A FRENCH CLASSIC DOUBLE IN THE GROUP 1 PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB AT CHANTILLY [CREDIT: AT THE RACES]

With only a quartet of contenders declared, David Menuisier says that just four runners for the track’s biggest flat race of the year “a sad state of affairs”.

He told the Racing Post: “We saw there were only six others confirmed and then people complain about prize-money, I just find it stupid.

David Menuisier Epsom
Trainer David Menuisier says that it’s “stupid” only four will contest the Coral-Eclipse this weekend

“Let’s face it, without talking about mine, if you look at the six – half of them are obviously top-class animals, and half of them are probably below that level.

“The ground will be near enough good. I just find it sad there are only a handful of horses in such a big, historic race.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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