Coral-Eclipse Stakes
Group 1, Sandown Park 16:45
£750,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m 1f 209y, Class 1   
Saturday 8th July 2023

Mathematician Betting

1 Paddington 8/11F
2 Emily Upjohn 85/40
3 West Wind Blows 12/1
4 ran Distances: ½l, 6l, 2l
Time: 2m 5.16s (fast by 1.84s)

Aidan O’Brien’s Paddington began the season in handicap company, but he had already successfully stepped up to win both the Irish Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes subsequently.

Upped in trip to 10 furlongs for the first time, Ryan Moore rode him as if there were no doubts about his stamina and so it proved.

His solid temperament allowed Moore to put him where he wanted in the race and having broken smartly, he found himself in front on leaving the stalls.

The field then raced in single file, with West Wind Blows and Jamie Spencer leading Paddington, Emily Upjohn and Dubai Honour.

Spencer tried to steal a march turning into the straight and took two lengths out of the others.

However, Moore breezed up on Paddington and went into the lead, although Emily Upjohn would not leave him alone.

With half a furlong to run it briefly appeared that the greater stamina of Emily Upjohn may prevail, but she could not quite get on terms with her younger rival, who was getting 7lb.

Paddington’s half-length verdict was O’Brien’s seventh triumph in the race, making him the most successful trainer in the contest’s history.

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Coral-Eclipse (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£750,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m 1f 209y, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Good

1 (2)    Paddington 3 8-13 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 8/11F
2 (3)
½ Emily Upjohn 4 9-6 John & Thady Gosden William Buick 85/40
3 (4)
6 West Wind Blows 4 9-9 Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer 12/1
4 (1) 2 Dubai Honour 5 9-9 William Haggas Tom Marquand 8/1