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The Gr1 starts at 16h35

The Gr1 Coral-Eclipse, run on the first Saturday in July at Sandown gives racegoers their first opportunity to assess this year’s Classic generation against their elders.

Set to start at 16h35, it looks to be a star-studded affair with French Derby winner Vadeni, supplemented on Monday at a cost of £50,000, heading the market at around 6/4.

The Sandown going was good, good to firm in places on Thursday, with clerk of the course Andrew Cooper predicting no change by race-time given the prevailing sunny weather. A very relevant fact as most of the six strong field have shown their best form on more forgiving ground.

Vadeni, a colt by Churchill, was a commanding five-length winner at Chantilly in soft ground last month and connections clearly feel he’s the one to beat. The charismatic Christophe Soumillon retains the ride and with the 10lbs age allowance as a sophomore, he has a leading chance.

However, the runner-up was well beaten on his previous start in the Dante and the third home, the French Guineas winner, probably didn’t stay or like the soft ground.

Vadeni may have had it all in his favour at Chantilly with the soft ground an advantage. Saturday’s forecasted quick ground must be a concern.

Bay Bridge was unable to catch the top-class State Of Rest at Ascot in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, finishing with effect but beaten a length at the line.  He was undone on his first try at Gr1 level by a lack of pace and the track conditions looked unsuitably firm for this big four-year-old.

On his previous start over the course and distance, he ran on strongly and easily accounted for Moshtadaf in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, a group 3.

In form Ryan Moore rides once more which is a positive, however, the likely firm ground, a lack of success at this level and having to concede 10lbs to the three-year-olds are negatives.

Another four-year-old Alenquer, represents the in-form William Haggas yard and attempts to add to the Tattersalls Gold Cup he won last time out.

“It’s a tough race but he’s a good horse, a very good horse,” Haggas said. “He’s very genuine too – they’ll know they’ve had a race.”

“He’s very well and ready to run. I wish we’d had lots more rain, but we haven’t. We’ve got to get on and run him. It hasn’t rained for a long time and it suits some and doesn’t suit others. What do you do?”

Alenquer beat State Of Rest and Lord North into third and fourth in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, confirming his class and determination. As his trainer stated, any rain would be greatly appreciated.

Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail, a close second in the 2000 Guineas to stablemate Coroebus followed up in good style with victory at the Curragh in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Native Trail

The Newmarket Guineas form was franked when Coroebus won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot with Lusail, sixth at Newmarket, filling the runner-up berth. Perfect Power, the Commonwealth Cup winner, finished a further place back making that form look very strong.

Native Trail’s rider William Buick commented about his ride: “All is good. I’m really looking forward to seeing him over 10 furlongs. I ride him quite a bit at home and he seems in good form.”

Native Trail is selected from Vadeni and Alenquer. He should enjoy this step up to ten furlongs and has won on firm ground. Receiving 10lbs from the older horses is yet another advantage for the Godolphin owned runner.

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