Horse Racing

The Coral-Eclipse 2023 Betting Tips and Predictions

Saturday’s action is high-quality all round, though the feature race in terms of sheer quality is the Coral Eclipse, which over the years, has been won by some of the great horses, such as Oratorio, Sea The Stars and Enable.

Coral Eclipse Betting Tips
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The race is run over one mile and two furlongs, and this year, Paddington, for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, is the big-name horse. Can he add his name to the illustrious winners of this prestigious race? We’ll soon find out.

Our Betting Tips and Predictions for the Coral Eclipse

Here are our tips for the Coral Eclipse:

Our Best Prediction: Paddington @ 5/6

With only three rivals to beat, Paddington is hard to oppose here. It really is that simple. The O’Brien trained colt has performed like a real star in the making since returning this year. He was more than up to the task in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, coming home with a rather snug two-length advantage, while at Royal Ascot he put on a show.

Despite facing some stiff competition, such as 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean, the mount of the ever present Ryan Moore traveled strongly, made smooth headway, before striding clear inside the final furlong. That performance was nothing short of superb, and it really was hard not to be blown away. Something similar would surely suffice here.

He faces a couple of really smart rivals in this race, so it’s not a case of just turn up and win. If he’s having an off day, then the likes of Emily Upjohn will take advantage. That said, there’s every chance that he’s got a bit more tucked up his sleeve, while even a repeat of that Ascot effort would likely be enough. We’re talking about a hugely smart performer, who ought to extend his unbeaten run.

Our Dark Horse Prediction: Dubai Honour @ 12/1

The betting ahead of this race suggests that it’s a shootout between Paddington and Emily Upjohn, and that may turn out to be the case, though if you’re looking to take the favourite on, then why not take Dubai Honour at 12/1. After all, this horse is rated just 1lb below Paddington on ratings, and let’s not forget that he’s a very smart, multiple winner of Group races.

The mount of Tom Marquand didn’t quite kick on as expected last season, though he reminded everyone that he belongs at the top level when finishing third in the Group 1 FWD QEII Cup at Sha Tin (Hong Kong) back in late April, so he could have a part to play here for those who really don’t want to get involved at such short odds.

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