Star Performer of the Weekend

The Coral-Eclipse Meeting at Sandown was the highlight of this weekend's racing, and the card didn't disappoint with some standout performances. 

opened the card with a game performance in a seven furlong handicap, making all of the running and staying on when pressured by favourite Spanish Blaze. In the Group 3 Coral Charge, Makarova kept on best to win well from Purosangue back in second, whilst highly regarded former Group 1 winner Live In The Dream finished a disappointing fourth, three lengths behind.

Spiritual provided the biggest shock on the card, winning the Listed Coral Distaff by over a length at a SP of 25/1. John and Thady Gosden's filly made all, and kept on well when faced with a challenge, to beat Indelible in second and Royal Ascot winner Soprano, who finished third.

The feature race, the Coral-Eclipse, followed this and Aidan O'Brien's Derby winning City Of Troy went off at a very short 1/4 to record his second Group 1 victory of the season. Despite edging right when asked for more by Ryan Moore, the three-year-old kept on to win by a length over Al Riffa in second. 

Haydock's Old Newton Cup card was cut short due to unsafe conditions, but we were treated to a quality performance by Queen Of The Pride in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks before hand. Oisin Murphy rode the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly at the back of the field before making his move around two furlongs out. Favourite, Tiffany, finished three lengths behind in second, but didn't clearly struggled with the underfoot conditions, highlighted by a slip on the home turn. 

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