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The £70,000 that connections of Expert Eye spent to supplement him for the Qatar Sussex Stakes was justified as the three-year-old kept on to finish a length and a half second to Lightning Spear. Second prize was £225,938.
A steadily-run renewal of the mile feature probably helped the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, as his previous best efforts had been over seven furlongs.
“My fella just wanted a little more cover and to settle better, but he has run a blinder,” Stoute said.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah, said: “He has come to win the race and has run genuinely. Second in a Group One – we will have a lot worse results than that this year. The way he has run is pleasing and there is something to build on. the winner.”
James Doyle, who rode the three-year-old, said: “It was a horrible race to ride. We went no pace. I was doing a little bit too much on the outside with no cover. I am very pleased with him – he has run a super race. He has stuck his neck out all the way.”
Expert Eye had been a brilliant winner of the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood as a two-year-old and the decision to add him to the Sussex field was taken after a runaway win in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
In between there has been the odd disappointment – including when he failed to figure in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas – but he backed up his Sussex Stakes second by going one better in the Group 3 Sky Bet City Of York Stakes before finishing an honourable third to Recoletos in the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.
He ended the season with a bang, landing the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs under an inspired Frankie Dettori.
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