Many punters pondering an each-way bet in the Coral Eclipse would have been severely frustrated by the withdrawal of So You Think, but with new favourite Nathaniel also in danger of not running, value is still in the offing.
So You Think was odds-on to win the Eclipse for the second straight year in what was expected to be his last career race before returning to Australia, where he would be sent to stud.
However, just as the final field was to be declared for the Sandown Group One, the news broke that So You Think had been found lame in his box and so would not be taking part.
This has obviously caused a major shake up to the Eclipse betting, with Farhh and Nathaniel now heading the market at 5/2.
In total, ten runners were still declared, but doubts remain over the participation of Nathaniel, who is being aimed at defending his title in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month.
With only a fortnight between the races this year instead of the usual three weeks, trainer John Gosden is concerned that Nathaniel will not benefit from enough recuperation time.
So You Think’s defection may have resulted in a loss of the big prices, but the outsiders can be expected to shorten further if Nathaniel is another absentee.
Bonfire looks the pick of the three-year-old entrants and the weight allowance they receive over the older horses can be a major benefit.
Although he underperformed in the Derby, there were doubts as to whether he would stay 1m4f and this drop in trip to 1m2f will suit.
Furthermore, the two other winners of the Dante Stakes to attempt to win the Eclipse in the last decade have both finished second, which is a positive to Bonfire’s each-way claims at 7/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.