Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leather to Tough It out in Eclipse; Channel 4's Betfair Lady

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leather to Tough It out in Eclipse; Channel 4's Betfair Lady

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Byline: Tanya Stevenson

A STAR-STUDDED field of 11 will go to post for the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

Roger Varian will be keeping a close eye on the weather as Derby runner-up Kingston Hill may not run if it does not rain.

However, the colt found only the classy Australia too good at Epsom and would have a massive chance if he did take his place.

Kingston Hill is already a Group 1 winner and has the pace to be competitive over 1m 2f.

Current favourite is The Fugue who is guaranteed to handle the likely fast conditions.

John Gosden's mare is a class act who gained the fourth Group 1 success of her career in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot three weeks ago.

The five-year-old flopped in last season's Eclipse but she was found to be sick after the race and is likely to be seen in a far better light this year.

However, the fairer sex have a notoriously poor record and it may pay to look elsewhere.

Night Of Thunder beat the mighty Kingman in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but was then no match for that rival in St James's Palace Stakes.

Richard Hannon's colt stayed on strongly close home at Ascot and merits plenty of respect on his first attempt at 1m 2f.

Aidan O'Brien has a typically strong hand with Verrazano and War Command.

Verrazano has done well since arriving from the USA with good performances in the Lockinge and Queen Anne.

The son of More Than Ready has never won over 1m 2f but was a dual Grade 1 scorer over nine furlongs and should go very close under Ryan Moore.

War Command stayed on strongly to claim fourth in the St James's Palace but has a little too much to find on that form with Night Of Thunder.

Jim Bolger's highly talented TRADING LEATHER (3.50) could be ridiculously overpriced at odds of around 20-1. The colt took last year's Irish Derby and was probably over the top when well behind The Fugue in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September. …

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