This year’s classic generation of colts looks set to Eclipse their older classy rivals in the Coral Eclipse

In what is an outstanding renewal of the Coral Eclipse the 2014 classic generation will Eclipse their older foes. The 2000 Guineas winner Night Of Thunder and Derby second Kingston Hill will bring the form of the three year olds to the race.

Night of Thunder may have been lucky to get the best of the imperious Kingman at Newmarket, but the Gosden trained horse is probably the best horse since Frankel at a mile and any defeat of Kingman has to be well respected. A step in trip should pose no problems to the Hannon trained classic winner.

Kingston Hill missed the Irish Derby last weekend and the connections are certain to welcome the impending rain at Sandown. Finishing behind Kingston Hill at Epsom, True Story who also disappointed at York in the Dante. If the Godolphin colt can fulfil his potential with headgear fitted this time then he must figure at bigger prices.

A rejuvenated The Fugue  looks the one for the three-year-olds to beat with an improving ex-US campaigner Verrazano also setting the standard. Jim Bolger’s 2013 Irish Derby winner Trading Leather may have been beaten in part by tactics at Newmarket and should go better today.

The 2013 Oaks winner Talent looks hard to oppose in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks if she regains her last season form. Her biggest test will come from the improving Gosden fillies and James Fanshawe’s Seal Of Approval.


This daughter of New Approach is highly regarded by connections and was not disgraced in defeat at Newbury last time out. Jockey Frankie Dettori (even though not up) has marked her up as the chance of the day and with that recommendation who would look elsewhere for a winner.


Kingsgate Native has run well in defeat this season and was second in this contest last year. This Group One winning sprinter certainly has the ability to be at least placed again in this field of what look to be weaker rivals than he has faced so far this year.


Archer would have selected this talented filly. Winner of the Oaks in 2013 and second in a good renewal of the St Leger the shrewd horseman would have been desperate to take advantage of this main chance in a Group Two race.

Crockford’s Gambles on Coral Eclipse Day 2014:

Sandown –  Kingsgate Native e/w (2.05), Gabrial’s Kaka and Baltic Knight e/w (2.40), Night of Thunder and True Story e/w (Coral Eclipse 3.50) and Whiplash Willie (4.25)

Haydock – War Spirit (1.45), Soul and Captain Ramius e/w (2.20),Talent (2.55),  Havana Cooler e/w and Quiz Mistress e/w (3.30)

Beverley – Faraajh (3.00) and World Record (4.15)

Leicester – Asyad (3.25) and Tamayuz Star e/w (4.00)


(Featured Photograph – True Story at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)