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Australia: could drop back to 1m2f for Coral-Eclipse

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Derby duo may battle again in Coral-Eclipse

AUSTRALIA and Kingston Hill, first and second in the Derby earlier this month, could clash again in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month, with both left in at the latest confirmations stage.

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The last Derby winner to triumph in the race was Sea The Stars in 2009, and the John Oxx-trained great was also the last horse from the Classic generation to triumph, with older horses holding sway since.

Australia's trainer Aidan O'Brien has other high-class contenders for the race, with Magician and Queen Anne runner-up Verrazano among his options. Telescope, The Fugue and Trading Leather are part of the 32 entries, though there will be no appearance from French superstar Treve, who was one of the scratchings.

Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and beaten Oaks favourite Marvellous has been given an entry for the Qipco Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting. The filly was one of 31 entries received, with Purr Along, Sky Lantern and Lightning Thunder other possibles.

Last year's Bunbury Cup winner Field Of Dream features among 106 entries for the Newmarket handicap, while 2010 John Smith's Cup winner Wigmore Hall could return for a crack at the race, the Michael Bell-trained seven-year-old one of 89 entrants for the York race.

 
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