Ladbrokes Racing News
|Monday 2nd July 2018|
Masar Heads the Market as Saxon Warrior is left in
Latest 2018 Coral Eclipse odds
The three-year-old provided a huge shock in the fourth Classic of the season when turning over 1/2 favourite Saxon Warrior at the Surrey course last month.
Surprisingly the duo could be set to do battle again, with the Warrior one of five Aidan O’Brien-trained hopefuls left in following Monday’s five-day declaration stage.
Yet it’s the Godolphin runner who is by far and away the more fancied to land the Eclipse at Sandown.
Now he looks set to go for a second Group 1 prize in a row after being supplemented for the 1m2f contest at the weekend. He’s the 5/4 favourite with our traders.
His one victory so far this campaign came in the 1m2½f Dante Stakes at York on good-to-firm ground, which could bode well at Sandown, give the similar distance on offer.
Incredibly, Irish-trainer O’Brien’s best hope appears to be with the third-favourite, Happily.
She shaped as though she enjoyed the extra 2f afforded to her in France last time out, and could be a danger here as a result.
It’s something of a surprise that he’s been left in for the Eclipse so soon after defeat in the Emerald Isle. He may yet be withdrawn, but can currently be backed at 8/1.
Recent form suggests the five-year-old will be unable to mount a challenge against his younger competitors. But as Ulysses showed last year, anything is possible in the Eclipse.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “Masar and Roaring Lion look closely matched and we won’t be running away from either of them. The one we do want to keep with is Happily, who will more than likely be the leading Aiden O’Brien fancy on the day.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Eclipse Stakes odds
Masar – 5/4
Roaring Lion – 15/8
Happily – 9/2
Saxon Warrior – 8/1
Forest Ranger – 12/1
Cliffs of Moher – 16/1
Rostropovich – 16/1
Yucatan – 25/1
Hawkbill – 25/1
Raymond Tusk – 66/1
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.