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SANDOWN REPORT | St Mark’s Basilica dominates the Coral-Eclipse

Aidan O’Brien’s colt stormed to victory in the Group 1 1m2f contest at Sandown on Saturday

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St Mark’s Basilica claimed his fourth Group 1 success in a row, after the colt made light work of his rivals to win the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

After only four runners were declared, the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby winner had shot to favouritism entering the contest.

St Mark's Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica produced another top-draw performance for Aidan O’Brien at Sandown

The three-year-old justified the market support with another top-draw performance for the Ballydoyle team.

The son of Siyouni tracked the leading pair of Addeybb and Mishriff throughout the contest and he threw down a challenge in the final free furlongs.

He pulled alongside his rivals at two furlongs out before being shaken up by Ryan Moore to produce more.

watch: st mark’s basilica wins the coral-eclipse at Sandown [credit: racing tv]

The colt responded gamely, pulling away from his counterparts in the final furlong to secure victory by three and a half lengths.

William Haggas’ Addeyybb kept on for second, John & Thady Gosden’s Mishriff took third and El Drama finished in fourth for Roger Varian.

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Came From The Dark bounced back from his near-miss in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket back in May when snatching victory to claim some black type in the Coral Charge.

The five-year-old made strong headway in the final two furlongs and began to reel in the leading Arecibo.

Ed Walker Trainer
Ed Walker (left) claimed some black type with Came From The Dark

Ed Walker’s gelding kept the pressure on his rival and pushed in front in the final strides, denying Arecibo by a neck.

Happy Romance claimed third for Richard Hannon, while Andrew Balding’s Stone Of Destiny made up for a bad start to land fourth.

A technical fault with the mirror-image in the opening contest meant that William Haggas’ Hurricane Ivor and Jessica Macey’s Phoenix Star were awarded a dead-heat success in the 5f Handicap, while Auria continued to make quick progress with a front-running success in the Listed Coral Distaff for Andrew Balding.

Roger Charlton’s Makram kept on well in the final furlong to land the Class 2 1m2f Handicap, while Magicial Morning landed a comfortable victory in the Coral Challenge for John & Thady Gosden.

Farasi Lane landed the 7f Handicap for Tom Ward, while William Haggas‘ Wink Of A Eye landed the Class 4 1m2f Handicap.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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