Turf Talk: Key contenders Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher declared for Sandown Coral-Eclipse

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Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher both feature among nine horses declared for tomorrow’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

The Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy was runner-up to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, but reversed the form when landing the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and will step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend.

Trainer Richard Hannon watches his horses on the gallops. PIC: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Trainer Richard Hannon watches his horses on the gallops. PIC: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Cliffs Of Moher has had this race as his target ever since filling the runner-up spot in the Epsom Derby.

The Galileo colt is one of two runners for Aidan O’Brien along with possible pacemaker Taj Mahal.

Eminent is a major contender for Martyn Meade having finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas and fourth in Derby. Silvestre de Sousa takes over in the saddle from Jim Crowley. David Simcock saddles Desert Encounter and Lightning Spear.

Roger Charlton’s Decorated Knight, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses and Salouen from Sylvester Kirk’s yard complete the field.

n Autocratic is in line to clash with French ace Almanzor in the Sky Bet York Stakes on July 29.

Although the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old holds an entry in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, connections are keen to tackle the Group Two mile-and-a-quarter contest on the Knavesmire instead.

Autocratic bounced back from defeat on his seasonal bow at the Rowley Mile when taking Group Three honours in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “All being well, Autocratic goes to York for the Group Two at the end of the month. He is a typical one of Sir Michael Stoute’s that has been brought along slowly. Sir Michael has a lot of faith in the horse.

“If all goes well at York next time, we might go back for the Juddmonte.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

BEVERLEY: 1.40 Iconic Sunset, 2.15 Bath And Tennis, 2.50 Emphatic, 3.25 Oriental Relation, 4.00 Pioneering, 4.35 Pepys, 5.10 Rosemay, 5.45 Rapid Ranger.

SANDOWN: 1.20 Almoreb, 1.50 Battaash, 2.25 Blair House, 3.00 Paco’s Angel, 3.35 BARNEY ROY (NAP), 4.10 High Jinx (treble), 4.40 Frontispiece (next best).

HAYDOCK: 2.05 Zenon, 2.40 Abingdon, 3.15 Moonmeister, 3.50 Magical Memory, 4.25 Meshardal, 5.00 Moonwise, 5.30 Hugin.

LEICESTER: 1.25 Melonade, 1.55 Roses In June, 2.30 Light Of Joy, 3.05 Easy Tiger, 3.40 Uptown Funk, 4.15 Peach Melba, 4.45 Poor Duke, 5.15 Valley Of Rocks.

NOTTINGHAM: 5.40 Ted’s Brother, 6.10 Arizona Mist, 6.40 Socialites Red, 7.10 Graceful Lady, 7.40 Anif, 8.15 Paradise Cove, 8.45 William Booth.

CARLISLE: 6.00 Mr Orange, 6.30 Weeton, 7.00 Bronze Beau, 7.30 Geordie George, 8.00 Framley Garth, 8.30 Rutherford, 9.00 Amazing Grazing.

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