Twice Over heads sextet in Eclipse

ANTE-POST favourite Twice Over heads a select field of six runners set to go to post in tomorrow’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Henry Cecil’s charge was last seen finishing second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and he will be bidding to atone for his disappointing effort in the 2009 renewal.

The five-year-old is one of two runners for owner Khalid Abdullah, with the Michael Stoute-trained Zacinto also sporting his colours as he tackles 10 furlongs for the first time.

John Gosden’s Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dar Re Mi has her first start since that Meydan success in March, while Marcus Tregoning’s Mawatheeq will be aiming to improve on his unplaced Royal Ascot reappearance.

Last year’s race was set alight by the victory of the peerless Sea The Stars, but Viscount Nelson is the only representative from the three-year-old ranks this time.

Aidan O’Brien relies on the French Derby fifth after withdrawing his other five runners.

Godolphin’s Chabal and Jukebox Jury, the intended mount of Kieren Fallon, were the other two defections.

Sri Putra completes the sextet for the Michael Jarvis operation.

Barshiba will face 11 rivals as she bids for back-to-back victories in tomorrow's bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

David Elsworth’s runner was a near four-length winner of the Group Two heat under Paul Hanagan, but the six-year-old is set to be partnered by Hayley Turner this time after the duo struck gold at Ascot earlier in the season.

Les Fazzani, Polly’s Mark and Rosika filled the first three places in the Pinnacle Stakes at this track last month, with Barshiba in fourth.

They all line up again along with Henry Cecil’s Flame Of Gibraltar (fifth) and Cassique Lady (seventh).

The latter, who is trained by Lucy Wadham, subsequently finished second behind Lady Jane Digby in the Warwickshire Oaks and she will clash with that rival again.

Dermot Weld’s Noblesse Stakes winner Grace O’Malley, Gerard Butler’s Tinaar and the Roger Charlton-trained Clowance complete the field.

Meanwhile, Godolphin have been forced to call a halt on the career of Australian import Denman as he will not be fit enough to do himself justice in next week’s Darley July Cup.

The four-year-old, a Group One winner at Rosehill back home, will now take up stud duties Down Under, which was always the plan for the son of Lonhro.

Connections had hoped to run him in the highlight of the July meeting at Newmarket but have run out of time.

His impending withdrawal would free up Frankie Dettori for the ride on Fleeting Spirit if that is the direction in which her trainer Jeremy Noseda decided to go, with Tom Queally, who partnered her to victory 12 months ago, also in the frame.

Another who will miss the race is Brian Meehan’s Arcano.

One of last season’s leading juveniles, the colt has only been seen once this season, when well beaten by the Richard Hannon pair of Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

lNewmarket is seeking a new sponsor of the Guineas Festival after their five-year deal with expired.

The Gibraltar-based bookmaker had backed the two-day Classic fixture since 2005 but have opted not to extend their support of the meeting.

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