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Tullius team hope for rain

Andrew Balding is hoping for enough ease in the ground for Tullius to take his chance in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Andrew Balding is hoping for enough ease in the ground for Tullius to take his chance in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

The Kingsclere handler would like to give the six-year-old the opportunity to show he is as effective over further than a mile.

Tullius has been a revelation this season since he returned from injury with a series of very smart performances including when winning the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown in the spring.

He has since finished second in the Lockinge at Newbury and fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"He needs a bit of rain but we'd like to run as we'd like to see how he acts over a mile and a quarter," said Balding.

"He'd want good ground at least. I think they are due some rain on Friday so I imagine we'll declare him and make a decision on the day."