The Eclipse Stakes is a popular and intensive quality handicap Group 3 race that takes center stage every year at the Sundown Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. The event is a perfect middle distance race run over a distance of 1800M. The Eclipse Stakes is one of the few major races that are held at the closing stages of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and for the better part of its illustrious history, the race has grown remarkably and is today a popular showpiece in Australian horse racing.
The 2013 edition of the Eclipse Stakes was epic and scintillating to say the least. The talented Mouro capped a quiet performance in the spring carnival with a well earned victory in this race. Rain Drum and Bel Thor both came through to finish second and third respectively. The event shares the same date and the same stage with the Group 3 Sundown Classic which should complete a remarkable line up at the Sundown Racecourse.
The 2013 edition of the race was held at Caulfield racecourse over 2000M due to repair works at the Sundown racecourse. Generally, the Eclipse Stakes is seen as a great stage for middle distance runners to close the spring carnival on the high. The event suits horses that have run long distances before or sprinters looking to test their capabilities over relatively longer courses. The best lead up for this race is the Group 3 Matriarch Stakes which is held at the Flemington Racecourse a few weeks earlier.
A number of high profile horses have emerged from this race. In 2003 for example, Zazzman emerged from a hard fought victory in the Eclipse Stakes to take home the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In 2001, Omagh took home the Eclipse Stakes and did exemplary well to also win the WS Cox Plate. For horse racing fans keen on middle distance races, the Eclipse Stakes will be a great pick especially because it is one of the few high profile races in the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Eclipse Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Mouro||Rain Drum||Bel Thor||1:50.3|
|2012||Eclair Surprise||Tai Tai Tess||Shewan||1:49.6|
|2009||Bashful Girl||Rose Syrah||Down Under Boy||1:49.8|
|2007||Like It Is||Shinzig||Hidden Strings||1:50.4|
|2006||Utility||Douro Valley||Flash Trick||1:52.0|
|2005||Aqua D’Amore||Stamen||Wild Classic||2:14.5|
|2003||Zazzman||Chairman’S Choice||You Little Beaut||2:03.8|
|2002||Damaschino||Another Warrior||British Buska||2:02.1|
|2001||Fields Of Omagh||Thong Classic||Aquiver||2:11.1|
|2000||Tickle My||The Collector||Aka Bilk||2:07.0|
|1998||Prime Address||Zerpour||Make A Scene||2:11.6|
|1997||Burning Embers||Miss Tessia||Maximai||2:02.7|
|1996||Gold City||Hurricane Storm||Tristolier||2:10.7|
|1995||Broann||Top Rating||Circles Of Gold||2:10.9|
|1994||Innocent King||Bon Precieux||Idea||2:02.2|
|1992||Fraar||Excited Angel||Beret Rouge||2:07.6|
|1991||Luisant Bijou||Gamine||Pressman’S Choice||2:01.5|
|1990||Gamine||Eastern Classic||City Gossip||2:11.7|
|1989||Eastern Classic||Akatarawa||Cool Rocking Daddy||2:01.1|
|1988||Super Impose||Crown Ridge||Be Reasonable||2:11.6|