SANDOWN is the stage for the clash of the generations tomorrow afternoon when the three-year-old Classic horses take on their elders for the first time in the Coral-Eclipse (3.35pm).
This historic event, which was established in 1886, is the longest running Group race sponsorship in the world after Coral first put their name to it in 1976.
And the sponsors have been rewarded with the superstar mare ENABLE making her seasonal reappearance tomorrow as she bids to become only the third filly or mare to win the race.
John Gosdens daughter of Nathaniel has won 10 of her 11 career starts, but this will be her first attempt over 1m2f since tasting that one and only defeat at Newbury in April 2017.
Despite having an interrupted preparation last season, Enable was still able to win her second Arc when not 100 per cent and then go on to take the Breeders Cup Turf less than a month later.
She is a brilliant mare and will rewrite the history books if she can become the first horse to bag three Arcs in October.
Gosden has gone on record as saying all roads lead to Longchamp but once again she hasnt had the ideal preparation this term.
Her original planned reappearance was meant to be the Coronation Cup at Epsom before that was abandoned and then the same happened with the Prince Of Waless Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Her trainer can be trusted to know when she is right to go and he must be pleased with what he has seen at home.
However, at 10/11 with the sponsors, over a trip shorter than her best and on ground quicker than she has faced, the percentage call has to be to oppose her.
Its looking like a case of girl power in this years Eclipse, as her main danger is undoubtedly MAGICAL.
Aidan OBriens daughter of Galileo was beaten narrowly by Enable in the Breeders Cup Turf in November and she seems better than ever this season.
She blasted out of the blocks with a Group Three win at Naas in April, before registering Group Two and Group One successes at the Curragh in May.
Sent off favourite for the Prince Of Waless Stakes last month, she could only finish second to Crystal Ocean, but that was on very soft ground which wouldnt have played to her strengths.
She is a top class filly who comes into this race as fit as a fiddle and Enable will have to be at the top of her game to see her off again.
Magical, who would be giving OBrien a record-equalling sixth win in the race, is available at 7/2 in a few places and that looks the best value in the race.
Sir Michael Stoute is the current joint record holder with six wins and he has two chances tomorrow with Regal Reality and Mustashry.
The former won the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes over course and distance last time which was a career best.
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