Coral-Eclipse Stakes
Group 1, Sandown Park 16:45
£750,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m 1f 209y, Class 1   
Saturday 6th July 2024

City Of Troy, fresh from his Derby triumph, is set to shorten the distance for his next outing. Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom champion will grace Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse in his first start since the Derby victory.

As a juvenile, City Of Troy dominated the racing scene, remaining undefeated throughout his two-year-old campaign. His stellar performances fueled hopes of a Triple Crown during his Classic season. Despite a disappointing run in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, he defied critics as the 3-1 favorite in the Premier Classic at Epsom, securing victory by two and three-quarter lengths.

While the Irish equivalent was an option, Coolmore, the owners, have finalized their plans. Los Angeles will carry Ballydoyle’s aspirations at the Curragh on June 30, while City Of Troy sets his sights on here a week later.

A statement on www.coolmore.com said: “Following discussions between the Coolmore partners and trainers Aidan O’Brien and Chad Brown, Los Angeles (Camelot) will take his place in the €1,250,000 Irish Derby field on June 30 at the Curragh, where he will bid to emulate his sire in winning Ireland’s premier Classic.

“European Champion Two-Year-Old and decisive Epsom Derby victor, City Of Troy (Justify) will drop back in trip for Sandown’s 10-furlong feature, the Eclipse Stakes, on the following Saturday, July 6.”

Following the news, City Of Troy has been immediately cut to even-money favourite from 6-4 by the Sandown race sponsors. 

Coral’s David Stevens said: “It’s fantastic news that the Derby winner and one of the most talked about horses for several seasons is to be aimed at the Coral-Eclipse, and City Of Troy is sure to be sent off a red-hot favourite at Sandown, when he bids to become the first Epsom hero since the mighty Sea The Stars to follow up in this clash of the generations.”

Coolmore also confirmed that Auguste Rodin will take part in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Kentucky Derby runner-up and Belmont Stakes third Sierra Leone will head to Saratoga’s Travers Stakes, a race that was also mentioned in dispatches for City Of Troy in the Epsom aftermath.

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

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 11/15- Alflaila 5 9-9 Owen Burrows
2 /22-46 Al Riffa 4 9-9 Joseph O'Brien
3 011-02 Auguste Rodin 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
4 33-112 Charyn 4 9-9 Roger Varian
5 82115- Continuous 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
6 71/673 Crypto Force 4 9-9 Adrian Murray
7 /11134 Dolayli 5 9-9 F-H Graffard
8 46-173 Dubai Honour 6 9-9 William Haggas
9 12-114 Elegant Man 4 9-9 Adrian Murray
10 80-156 Hans Andersen 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
11 0-4252 Horizon Dore 4 9-9 P Cottier
12 2-1111 Isle Of Jura 4 9-9 George Scott
13 13415- King Of Steel 4 9-9 Roger Varian
14 11-283 Lord North 8 9-9 John & Thady Gosden
15 22-401 Luxembourg 5 9-9 A P O'Brien
16 /1-114 Maxi King 4 9-9 Dominic Ffrench Davis
17 1301-1 Passenger 4 9-9 Sir Michael Stoute
18 43-061 Point Lonsdale 5 9-9 A P O'Brien
19 84-111 White Birch 4 9-9 John Joseph Murphy
20 4-1123 Zarir 4 9-9 F-H Graffard
21 127-54 Emily Upjohn BF 5 9-6 John & Thady Gosden
22 5111-4 Inspiral 5 9-6 John & Thady Gosden
23 2690-1 Stay Alert 5 9-6 Hughie Morrison
24 4-11 Almaqam 3 8-13 Ed Walker
25 1412-5 Alyanaabi 3 8-13 Owen Burrows
26 241-17 Bellum Justum 3 8-13 Andrew Balding
27 12-818 Bright Stripes 3 8-13 A Oliver
28 312-44 Cambridge 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
29 223-13 Chantilly 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
30 111-91 City Of Troy 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
31 115-26 Dancing Gemini 3 8-13 Roger Teal
32 116-48 Diego Velazquez 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
33 111-44 Ghostwriter 3 8-13 Clive Cox `
34 55-132 Haatem 3 8-13 Richard Hannon
35 111-8 Henry Longfellow 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
36 17-13 Jayarebe 3 8-13 Brian Meehan
37 11-13 Los Angeles 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
38 1133-3 River Tiber 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
39 2421-4 Unquestionable 3 8-13 A P O'Brien
40 123-0 See The Fire 3 8-10 Andrew Balding

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