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Runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Coral-Eclipse contenders

Zoe Vicarage assesses the pedigrees of the leading chances

Happily: one of two representatives for Galileo in the Coral-Eclipse
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Cliffs Of Moher
b c Galileo - Wave (Dansili)
Bred by Wave Syndicate

The only son of Galileo in the field for this year's Coral-Eclipse, Cliffs Of Moher descends from the family of multiple Group 1 winner Henrythenavigator. 

He is the best performer to have been produced by the winning Dansili mare Wave and has won twice over the 1m2f trip - most recently when landing the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes in May. 

The cross of Galileo over Dansili has produced seven winners to date, including this year's Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Magic Wand. 

Forest Ranger
b g Lawman - Alava (Anabaa)
Bred by Yeguada De Milagro Sa

The winner of the 2018 Huxley Stakes, run over 1m2f, Forest Ranger has made rapid progress through the ranks this season and will look to continue his rise on Saturday. 

Out of the Listed-winning Anabaa mare Alava, Forest Ranger is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Home Cummins, while this is the family of Grade 1 winner Passing Shot. 

He is by Lawman, winner of the Prix du Jockey Club, Prix Jean Prat and Prix Jacques le Marois, who has supplied five top-level performers headed by Just The Judge and Harbour Law. 

Hawkbill
ch h Kitten's Joy - Trensa (Giant's Causeway)
Bred by Helen K Graves Revokable Trust

One of two sons of Kitten's Joy in the race, Hawkbill will be looking to add a second Coral-Eclipse to go alongside his victory in the contest back in 2016. 

Hawkbill is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy and is out of the Grade 3-placed Giant's Causeway mare Trensa, herself out of the Grade 1 winning Serape. 

The oldest horse in the field at the age of five, Hawkbill will be back in the thick of things if he recaptures his best form over 1m2f and his third-placed effort behind Poet's Word in the Prince of Wales's Stakes will have him primed for a big race.

Raymond Tusk
b c High Chaparral - Dancing Shoes (Danehill)
Bred by Lynch-Bages & Rhinestone Bloodstock

Raymond Tusk may have only had two runs in his career but connections clearly think enough of him to pitch him at the deep end on his third start. 

Winner over a mile on his debut, the son of High Chaparral was last seen finishing second over Saturday's trip behind Loxley at Newmarket last month. 

Bred by Lynch-Bages and Rhinestone Bloodstock, Raymond Tusk is out of the Danehill mare Dancing Shoes and is a half-brother to the Grade 2 scorer Striking Dancer. There's plenty of speed in his pedigree too - Prix de l'Abbaye winner Tangerine Trees and Beverley Bullet scorer Alpha Delphini can be found further back. 

An €85,000 purchase at the Arqana August Yearling Sale, victory for Raymond Tusk would give his connections a massive return on their investment. 

Roaring Lion was a devastating winner of the Dante Stakes back in May

Roaring Lion
rg c Kitten's Joy - Vionnet (Street Sense)
Bred by Ranjan Racing Inc

Completing the pair of Kitten's Joy's in this race is last-start Derby third Roaring Lion. The three-year-old was staying on at the finish and is dropping back in trip to a distance he can excel at. 

Runaway winner of the Dante Stakes over an extended 1m2f, he was snapped up for $160,000 as yearling by David Redvers at the Keeneland September Sale in 2016. 

He is out of Vionnet, a daughter of Street Sense who is one of five black-type performers out of the dual Grade 3-winning sprinter Cambiocorsa. Expect Roaring Lion to give another bold showing of his abilities. 

Saxon Warrior
b c Deep Impact - Maybe (Galileo)
Bred by Orpendale, Chelston & Wyatt

Despite announcing his talents with a facile success in the 2,000 Guineas in May, Saxon Warrior finished fourth in last month's Epsom Derby behind Masar. 

The son of Japanese super sire Deep Impact, bred by Orpendale, Chelston and Wyatt out of Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Maybe, will be looking to bounce back to his best on Saturday. 

Third in the Irish Derby last weekend, it will be interesting to see how Saxon Warrior fares in his quest to add another elite level success in the contest. Either way, the race is likely to have a big impact on his future stallion career.

Happily
b f Galileo - You'resothrilling (Storm Cat)
Bred by Orpendale And Chelston Ireland

Happily's participation in the Coral-Eclipse leaves perennial champion sire Galileo double-handed in the race. 

She is one of five winners out of blue hen You'resothrilling which makes her a sister to Marvellous, Gleneagles, Coolmore and Taj Mahal. 

Significantly, You'resothrilling is a sister to the late Giant's Causeway who ran out with this race back in 2000, which plays in Happily's favour. 

Verdict

It is hard not to have been taken by Roaring Lion's demolition of the opposition in May's Dante Stakes. The drop in trip will prove to his advantage and looks capable of producing another strong performance.


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Happily is one of five winners out of blue hen You'resothrilling which makes her a sister to Marvellous, Gleneagles, Coolmore and Taj Mahal
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