Eclipse Stakes Betting
The Eclipse Stakes provides for some of the most interesting betting because it represents the first clash between the season’s three-year-old champions – fresh from the Classic races – and the already proven four and five-year-old thoroughbreds. Since 1990, an exactly equal number of Eclipse Stakes winners have come from the three, four and five-year-old age groups. So watching the performance of the newer stars on the track isn’t enough!
Eclipse Stakes odds are the best clue for betting purposes, although the Eclipse has brought its share of surprises. In 2005, a sell-out crowd of over 18,000 spectators watched as Aidan O’Brien’s Oratoria beat the Epsom Derby winner, Motivator – this after Oratoria had finished 25 lengths behind Motivator in the Derby.
The Eclipse Stakes has seen a total of five repeat wins by horses, so if a truly superior thoroughbred wins in one year, it’s worth considering the possibility of another repeat win.
Trainers and Jockeys to Back
The most successful Eclipse Stakes trainer is Sir Michael Stoute, who has trained a total of five winners. He won with Medicean (2001), Pilsudski (1997), Ezzoud (1994) and Opera House (1993). Most recently, Stoute’s Notnowcato won the 2007 Eclipse Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute is followed by Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor, who won with Refuse to Bend in 2004, Daylami in 1998 and twice running with Halling, in 1995 and 1996.
Recently, Aidan O’Brien has made his mark in the Eclipse Stakes, winning four races between 2000 and 2008. As for most Group 1 races these days, any top horses entered by O’Brien are likely to be favourites in Eclipse Stakes betting.
Frankie Dettori, who rides for Godolphin, and Michael Kinane, who has won a total of three Eclipse Stakes races, are among the top jockeys to watch.
Start considering your favourites for Eclipse Stakes betting and be sure to get your free horse racing betting tips from our Racing Guru.