Sir Michael Stoute, fresh from his Group 1 triumph with Poet’s Word at Ascot on Saturday, bids to add another top level success to his seasonal collection when his back-to-form Expert Eye takes on the unbeaten Without Parole in a Wednesday’s feature Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood (3.35).
Expert Eye (11/4 with Marathonbet) look a potential superstar at last year’s Glorious Goodwood fixture when storming to a wide margin success in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes, but the Acclamation colt rather lost his way after that and proved disappointing until bouncing back to something close to his best when romping away with the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Now, he takes on John Gosden’s unbeaten Without Parole (7/4 with Unibet), gutsy winner of the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last time in what could prove a race to remember.
“We’re looking forward to it and it’s obviously interesting for us, taking on a son of Frankel, who is very dear to our hearts,” Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Expert Eye’s owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, told reporters. “I think this horse deserves his place following his really good performance at Ascot. We’ve always felt he was a horse with huge potential. He’s only had one run over a mile once before, in the 2000 Guineas, and I think we can forgive him that.”
John Gosden reports Without Parole ahead to be in fine shape ahead of his first outing without the suspended Frankie Dettori who is replaced by Andrea Atzeni, but he is not taking the son of Frankel’s ability to handle the tricky Goodwood track for granted.
“This race is going to be run on a very different track to Ascot’s Old Mile,” said the former champion trainer. “That makes different demands on the horse. You have to handle the undulations and cambers of Goodwood, which we know Expert Eye does. We’re going to find out whether we do as well. I think it’s fair to say if this were being run on a straight mile or Ascot’s round mile I would have a lot more confidence. This is going to be a test of his dexterity.”
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.