Expert Eye (GB)
TrainerSir Michael R. Stoute
OwnerJuddmonte Farms, Inc.
BreederJuddmonte Farms Limited
Expert Eye has long been held in high regard by trainer Sir Michael Stoute, but has yet to break through at the top level. The son of Acclamation has proven himself a fantastic performer on his best day, including his first two starts at age two. A resounding winner of Goodwood’s Vintage Stakes (G2) at second asking, he was actually the 11-10 favourite over U S Navy Flag and Mendelssohn in his next start, the 2017 Dewhurst Stakes (G1), checking in ninth and returning lame.
He did not return until April, when he ran into a Breeders’ Cup alumnus James Garfield in April’s Greenham Stakes (G3) and was a non-factor next up in Saxon Warrior’s brilliant 2000 Guineas (G1) victory in May. Given a few weeks off to focus on Royal Ascot, he proved a dominant winner at the prestigious meeting, bursting out first by 4½ lengths in the Jersey Stakes (G3) over seven furlongs. Next out, he catapulted up in class to take on older horses in the Sussex Stakes (G1) and beat all but one, likely Breeders’ Cup Mile rival Lightning Spear over said rival’s favourite Goodwood course.
Since, he has proven he is a Group 1-level type with a fine third, beaten 1¼ lengths, in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) in his previous start, but perhaps his key pre-Breeders’ Cup effort of note was a decisive win in the City of York (G3) over a left-handed good-to-firm seven-furlong course one start and only two weeks prior at York.
Trainer Stoute, a four-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf and three-time BC winner overall, has never won a Mile. This will be his 12th try. Juddmonte, which has won five Breeders’ Cups and is ranked second overall in purses-earned, is also seeking their first Mile victory.
|No Replay Available||October 14, 2017||Darley Dewhurst S.||NEWMARKET||1||9|
|No Replay Available||August 01, 2017||Qatar Vintage S.||GOODWOOD||2||1|
|No Replay Available||June 15, 2017||Be Wiser Insurance Novice Stakes (Class 4) (Plus 10 Race) (Div Ii)||NEWBURY||1|