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SANDOWN | Seven entries remain in the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday

Several big names were pulled from Saturday’s Group 1 contest at Sandown at the five-day entries stages

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Only seven runners remain in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday, with top-class sorts Love, Lord North, Mohaafeth and Snowfall all being pulled at the five-day entries stage.

Aidan O’Brien’s St Mark’s Basilica has shot to favouritism following the news, with the colt possessing a glistening CV to date.

St Mark's Basilica
St Mark’s Basicila could return to action at Sandown on Saturday

The son of Siyouni claimed his first Group 1 success as a two-year-old, seeing off stablemate Wembley by three-quarters of a length in the Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket.

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He is currently unbeaten so far this season, landing success in the French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp and the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.

With soft ground currently predicted, St Mark’s Basilica could well be the one to beat here.

2G3Y8G3 Trainer Aidan O'Brien walks out to check the ground during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
Aidan O’Brien holds three entries in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday

Stablemates Armory and Japan also hold entries in the contest.

Mishriff could make his first start on British soil since October, after a stint in the Middle East during the winter

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
John and Thady Gosden could be sending Mishriff to Sandown on Saturday

The four-year-old landed success in the Saudi Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic for John & Thady Gosden.

The colt has won five of his last six starts, with his only defeat in that period coming in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Addeybb is back in the UK following his second Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory at Randwick over in Australia for William Haggas, while David Menuisier has confirmed Hardwicke Stakes winner Wonderful Tonight will only run if there is ‘freak weather’.

Roger Varian’s El Drama complete the list of seven entries for the Coral-Eclipse.

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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