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Classic contenders in the spotlight: Expert Eye

5 Apr 2018

Will the odds-on Dewhurst failure get back in the groove in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas?

Expert Eye and Andrea Atzeni combined for an easy win in the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Will the odds-on Dewhurst failure get back in the groove in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas?

Horse: EXPERT EYE

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute. Form: 110

The sky looked the limit for Expert Eye when he sauntered to a wide-margin victory in the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in early August.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt cruised through the seven-furlong feature in second gear and when Andrea Atzeni invited him to put his stamp on the race he accelerated four and a half lengths clear with the minimum of fuss.

It was a performance which more than confirmed the promise of his striking debut win at Newbury and Stoute was inevitably asked if he viewed him as a QIPCO 2000 Guineas contender.

“He ticks a lot of the boxes as he’s a well-balanced, well-made horse with a good mind and he’s got a lot of pace,” he said.

Several of those left trailing by Expert Eye at Goodwood subsequently franked the form but afterwards he himself met with a minor setback, which caused him to miss an intended Group 1 engagement in Ireland.

Instead, he reappeared ten weeks later in the Dewhurst at Newmarket and was sent off 4-7 favourite.

However, those who backed him at cramped odds quickly knew their fate because he was edgy and restless beforehand, and then too keen once the gates opened. He trailed home last of the nine runners.

That run was too bad to be true and hopefully was just a blip. The QIPCO 2000 Guineas is on his agenda and a mile should be no problem.