Roy and Cliffs star in Eclipse

Barney Roy features among the Eclipse entries

Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher are two of the star names among 16 horses confirmed for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

The Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy was runner-up to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, but reversed the form when landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He will step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time this weekend and is one of two Godolphin-owned contenders along with John Gosden's Jack Hobbs, who was bitterly disappointing in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Cliffs Of Moher has had this race as his target ever since filling the runner-up spot in the Epsom Derby.

The Galileo colt heads a five-strong team for Aidan O'Brien, with the Ballydoyle handler also responsible for Deauville, Johannes Vermeer, Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal.

Silvestre de Sousa will partner Eminent for the first time this weekend.

Reigning champion jockey Jim Crowley has ridden the Frankel colt on each of his four starts to date, but connections have decided to replace him with De Sousa.

Trainer Martyn Meade said: "We don't know for sure whether Jim would be available as obviously he is committed to riding for Sheikh Hamdan (Al Maktoum) and we wanted to have some certainty.

"I discussed it with the owner and we decided that a change might be the way to go. Hopefully Silvestre will come and have a sit on the horse this week, that would be the plan.

"All the work is done, so he doesn't need to do any work on him, but hopefully he'll have a sit on him."

Meade's stable star has finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas and fourth in the Epsom Derby on his two most recent appearances and is in line for a third shot at Group One glory this weekend.

Other contenders in a potentially fascinating contest include the Roger Charlton-trained Decorated Knight, Mark Johnston's King Edward VII Stakes victor Permian and Ulysses from Sir Michael Stoute's yard.


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