Eclipse Next On The Agenda For Mishriff


John and Thday Gosden's jet-setting superstar Mishriff has been given his next big race target and it sees the four year old get back on home soil at Sandown in the Group One Coral Eclipse.

The four year old exceeded expectations last term being unbeaten on all three of his starts to date, starting in the Listed Newmarket Stakes where he saw off his highly touted stablemate Waldkonig.

He then stepped up to the French Derby at Chantilly and he landed the event in fine style, pulling away from a talented field to take the first Group One of his career.

Gosden went with the approach that if its not broke, don't fix it and he sent him back to France for the Group Two Prix Guillaume daEUR and although only a small field took to post, he landed the spoils nicely.

Having swerved the Arc the colt was in flying form and headed for the Champion Stakes at Ascot for his final run of the season and unfortunately ran no sort of race and was outclassed on the day.

However, having been given a break and fine tuned for his run in the Saudi Cup he stayed on best of the rest in the final stages to see off American challenger Charlatan to land the second renewal of the race.

His international exploits didn't stop there and last time out he was seen landing the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in the final strides at Meydan to cap over a superb few months in Asia.

The son of Make Believe has been given a break and will return for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown where he could take on the stablemate Lord North and superstar Addeybb.

(Credit ATR) Ted Voute, racing manager to owner Prince Faisal said: “He’s ticking along and John is happy with him. He’s quite a fresh horse.

“He didn’t enter him at Royal Ascot. He wants to go straight to the Eclipse and see how he gets on there.

“Mishriff is in the Arc as well, with all the other artillery from the big stables.“We’re very happy with him and the Eclipse is the aim as it is now.

“He was a bit lighter in Dubai than he was in Saudi Arabia, but obviously he performed well there.

“He’s so adaptable. He can come from behind or run up with the pace, he can go on heavy ground and over different distances. Let’s hope it continues.”