Strong Field of Seven for Coral-Eclipse

Mishriff | DRC/Mathea Kelley

Seven horses, five Group 1 winners, have stood their ground for the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. at Sandown on July 3. Prince A. A. Faisal's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) is favoured, and enters off wins in the $20-million Saudi Cup in Riyadh in February and a neck victory over Sunday's G1 Takarazuka Kinen victress Chrono Genesis (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}) in the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Mar. 27.

The John and Thady Gosden trainee faces a stiff three-pronged entry from Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners' dual Classic hero St Mark's Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who has scooped both the G1 French 2000 Guineas this spring, but also the G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club on June 6. O'Brien's other two entries are the MG1SW Japan (GB) (Galileo {ire}) and the MGSW & MG1SP Armory (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

The entries are completed by William Haggas's globetrotting MG1SW Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), Christopher Wright's Group 1 winner Wonderful Tonight (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) who won the G2 Hardwicke S. at Royal Ascot on June 19, and the listed winner El Drama (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) for Roger Varian and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.

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