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Plover can get punters off to a flying start on Coral Eclipse day

| 05.07.2013

Sir Michael Stoute may not have anything running in the Eclipse this year but he is still sending a strong team to Sandown and can get punters off to a good start with Plover in the opening race.

The filly has only made her racecourse debut in May when she stayed on well to finish second to Prince of Arabia at Newbury. She confirmed the promise of that run with an emphatic win in maiden company at Kempton last month.

The second home, Ethel, won at Doncaster on Friday for John Gosden whilst the third has also won since. That suggests that it was an above average maiden and Plover may have been let in lightly here off a mark of 88.

Her biggest threat may come from Roger Charlton’s Pythagorian who runs in the same colours of Prince Khaled Abdulla. He won his first two races in good style this season at Leicester but was only fourth on this course last time and the handicapper may have his measure.

Richard Hannon is represented by Kyllachy Rise who made little impression in the Britannia Stakes at the Royal meeting. He had previously won well at Salisbury and will be happier back in this grade.

Beach Club put up a game effort when second at Haydock last time out, only failing by a head to hold the challenge of Equity Risk. That was on good to soft ground and he had run poorly on his previous start at Warwick on a faster surface.

The Clive Cox-trained Related is having his first start since arriving back from Dubai so may be better than his uninspiring form figures suggest. He beat Pythagorian by a head at Newbury last season and is weighted to confirm the form.

A bigger danger to the favourite may be Mark Johnston’s Skytrain, a winner at Newmarket on his most recent start. He showed the usual battling qualities associated with Johnston horses when beating Dance With Dragons and has only been raised 3lbs for this race.

Annie’s Fortune and Operation Chariot need to step up considerably on their recent efforts to get involved here



Harvey Mayson