Eclipse decision set to be made this weekend on Paddington

A decision on whether Paddington steps up in trip for the Coral-Eclipse is likely to be made over the weekend, according to Aidan O’Brien.

Since winning a handicap first time out this season, the son of Siyouni has won a Listed race, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and put up a dominant display in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He beat English Guineas winner Chaldean there and has been the subject of strong market support for the 10-furlong Eclipse, from 6-1 into 7-2 with the sponsors, making him second-favourite behind Emily Upjohn.

“The lads haven’t quite decided yet, I think they are going to decide this weekend what they want to do with him,” said O’Brien when asked if the Eclipse was a possibility.

“He seems to be in good form, but we’ll talk over the weekend and we’ll hopefully have a plan by next week.

“He’s improved with every run and we’ve been very happy with him all the way.

“He’s always looked like he’d get 10 furlongs if they wanted to.”

O’Brien also had news on Statuette, who was unbeaten in two outings last year before injury intervened.

She was last seen winning the Airlie Stud Stakes at the Irish Derby meeting 12 months ago.

“She’s back on the go, she’s cantering but she’s a good bit away still as we’ve had to give her two or three breaks due to a few little setbacks and each time we’ve had to stop,” said O’Brien.

“She is back cantering again, though, so hopefully we’ll have her back for the autumn.”

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