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The Eclipse Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap that takes place at Sandown racecourse each November in Melbourne at the tail end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1800 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Eclipse Stakes was won by Casino Dancer from Puccini with Worthy Cause third.

Held on Gr2 Sandown Classic day, one week after the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, the Eclipse Stakes was held at Caulfield for the 2013/2014 season due to the upgrades taking place at Sandown.

Eclipse Stakes info
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016
Track: Sandown racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1800 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $125,000
2015 Winner: Casino Dancer

The Eclipse Stakes is one of the last group three races of the spring in Melbourne and over recent years the race has been run over distances ranging from 1800m to 2100m due to the race now taking place at Sandown rather than Caulfield. When the race was held at Caulfield the traditional distance was 2000m and now that the race takes place at Sandown it is run over the closest available distance on the respective circuits.

Sandown has two tracks, the Hillside circuit which has an 1800m start and the Lakeside circuit which does not. The reason it is sometimes run over 2100 metres is that the meeting can be held on the Lakeside circuit, which does not have an 1800m start.

The Eclipse Stakes is run over a middle distance and typically attracts horses coming back in distance from the longer races over the Flemington carnival and might also suit mares who contested the Gr3 Matriarch Stakes on Emirates Day.

The long Sandown straight with its tough uphill run home can test a horse's mettle in the run to the line and this race suits horses who are solid conveyances at the distance.

Casino Dancer (2015) ran third in the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes over 2000m at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before finishing strongly to win this event and recent Eclipse Stakes winners include Mouro (2013) and Eclair Surprise (2012).

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Zazzman (2003) won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Eclipse Stakes double in 2003 and it is worth noting that top class gallopers Super Impose (1998) and Fields of Omagh (2001) both won this race and then went on to win the WS Cox Plate in later years.

2015 Eclipse Stakes result
1. $13.00 Casino Dancer 54.0 James Winks
2. $12.00 Puccini 58.5 Brad Rawiller
3. $8.50 Worthy Cause 56.5 Luke Dittman

then followed
4. $10.00 Jacquinot Bay 57.5 Michael Walker
5. $4.00 Malice 57.0 James McDonald
6. $26.00 Desert Jeuney 57.0 Damian Lane
7. $10.00 Plot The Course 54.0 Steven King
8. $51.00 Cadillac Mountain 54.0 Daniel Stackhouse
9. $31.00 Rudy 58.5 Glen Boss
10. $101.00 Durnford 54.0 Jordan Mallyon
11. $19.00 Digitalism 56.0 Mark Zahra
12. $21.00 Tristram's Sun 54.5 Vlad Duric
13. $21.00 Garud 54.0 Ryan Maloney
14. $15.00 Slate On Edge 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
15. $8.50 Scream Machine 54.5 Chris Parnham
16. $26.00 Calvin Williams 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy

Margins: 0.75L, 1.75L
Time: 1:48.05

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Eclipse Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Casino Dancer Puccini Worthy Cause 1:48.0
2013 Mouro Rain Drum Bel Thor 1:50.3
2012 Eclair Surprise Tai Tai Tess Shewan 1:49.6
2011 Rothera Folding Gear Ulundi 1:52.1
2010 Viking Hero Davcon Niblick 1:55.2
2009 Bashful Girl Rose Syrah Down Under Boy 1:49.8
2008 Eskimo Dan Instructor Sentire 2.15:5
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
2004 Requisite Fonome Caveat Emptor 1:49.6
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
1999 Taberann Jaimestown Sly Sandra 2:10.2
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
1993 Palareign Corndale Southern States 2:03.7
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

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