The Eclipse Stakes is a 1800m Group 3 race held at Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne. The handicap has a $160,000 prize pool and in 2020 will be run on Saturday, November 14, the same day as the Zipping Classic.
The Lindsey Smith-trained Pacodali won the 2019 Eclipse Stakes, with Setting Sail and Exasperate placing second and third. After claiming the victory, Pacodali did not run again in 2019, however, in 2020 he raced in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, finishing mid-field.
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The first running of the Eclipse Stakes was in 1937, with Balkan Prince crossing the line in first. Since then, the likes of Super Impose and Fields Of Omagh have won the race.
No trainer or jockey has quite been able to establish a stranglehold on the Eclipse Stakes over recent years, however, Bevan Laming did win the race in consecutive years in the 2000s. He trained Eskimo Dan who won in 2008 and then saluted with Bashful Girl in 2009.
Pacodali ran 1:51.56 to win the Eclipse Stakes in 2019, but the fastest 1800m time in the race over the last 20 years belongs Casino Dancer. In 2015, the Mike Van Getsel-trained runner clocked 1:48.05.
ECLIPSE STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Pacodali (1:51.56)
2018 – Tally (1:51.22)
2017 – Payroll (1:51.45)
2016 – Turnitaround (1:51.26)
2015 – Casino Dancer (1:48.05)
2014 – Zabisco (1:49.67)
2013 – Mouro (1:50.36)
2012 – Eclair Surprise (1:49.62)
2011 – Rothera (1:52.18)
2010 – Viking Hero (1:55.21)