Expert Eye, one of the most impressive winners of Royal Ascot 2018, looks set to be seen next at the forthcoming Glorious Goodwood fixture but no decision has yet been made as to which race he will bid for.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old has had a rollercoaster career, looking quite brilliant at Glorious Goodwood last year when he destroyed the opposition in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes over seven furlongs, after which he was installed ante-post favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas. He proved a major flop, however, on his only other juvenile outing, finishing ninth of 10 in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last October, having been sent off the red-hot 4/7 favourite.
This Acclamation colt made a solid start to this campaign, going down by just three-quarters-of-a-length to James Garfield in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April, but faded away tamely in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at HQ in May to finish just 10th behind Saxon Warrior. Dropped back to seven furlongs at Royal Ascot last month for the Group 3 Jersey Stakes, Expert Eye looked to have returned to something close to his best with a scintillating four-and-a-half length victory over the talented Society Power, staying on powerfully up the hill to the line.
Stoute’s charge already holds an entry in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood, but his owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, would have to supplement him at a cost of £70,000 if he want to try his colt at a mile in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at a track he handled so well last term.
“We will see how he is and see how he goes, then make a decision,” Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, told reporters. “We would look at both races and see how we go from there. He won the Vintage over seven furlongs last year, and on the way he won the Jersey [over seven], you would expect him to get the mile.
“It was a great effort by the team to get him back, no question. With horses there is always something. It is just a case of getting the right balance and having all the right parts coming together, which the team did at Ascot.”
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.