Eclipse was an 18th century British thoroughbred racehorse who was undefeated during his entire career. He won 18 races in total before retiring for lack of competition: nobody would bet on horses competing against him.
He would often finish far in front – at the time a horse that was more than 240 yards behind the lead was said to be ‘nowhere’. On placing a bet on Eclipse’s first race (May 3, 1769 at Epsom) Captain Denis O’Kelly supposedly used the phrase “Eclipse first and the rest nowhere” – a prediction that came true when Eclipse far out-distanced the other horses to storm home to victory (the win earned the Captain a part-share in the horse).
On retirement, Eclipse went to stud, siring around 344 foals, including three of the first five Derby winners. Today, the Royal Veterinary College has determined that nearly 80% of modern thoroughbred racehorses have Eclipse in their pedigree.
The horse and his career is immortalised in the phrase “Eclipse first and the rest nowhere”, which is still used to refer to any dominating victory in racing today.
In 2008 a website was launched, named after the great horse and supported by racing presenter Clare Balding: dedicated to ‘the social side of racing’ www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk promotes the fun, fashion, food and fabulous aspects of racing as well as providing key information about what’s on, who’s who, how to bet and other items to ensure everyone can have a really great day out at the races.
We thought the perfect way to combine the social aspects of www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk with a tribute to its eponymous racing legend would be to create a fabulous new cocktail: the Racing Eclipse.
The fab guys at www.text4cocktails.co.uk have come up with a delicious unique recipe which features champagne (of course!), apple juice and melon liqueur…
Ryan at text4cocktails listed his inspiration behind the recipe:
- It’s a refreshing summer drink and predominantly a pre-dinner drink
- It can be enjoyed by male and female consumers (as I have a mix of sexes tasting it and all loved it!)
- The horseshoe/eclipse-shaped apple slice is in keeping with the theme for horseracing and the Eclipse Magazine logo
- The green-coloured theme ties in with the colour of racing turf
- The cherry gives it a bit of character and extra colour
In the name of research we’ve all had a great time testing it out – and we highly recommend that you do too!
WANT TO MAKE THE COCKTAIL YOURSELF? FIND OUT HOW FROM WWW.TEXT4COCKTAILS.CO.UK OR TEXT COCKTAIL RACING ECLIPSE TO 67777 TO RECEIVE THE RECIPE (recipe service is free: texts cost standard text charge only)