Talking Horses: Expert Eye has ‘no excuses’ before Dewhurst return

Talking Horses: Expert Eye has 'no excuses' before Dewhurst return
Talking Horses: Expert Eye has ‘no excuses’ before Dewhurst return
The New Pharaoh (4.10) gets a good opportunity in the next, having got going rather too late under Ted Durcan last time. He’s only 1lb higher than when winning at Doncaster in July and this track and going combination should provide the test that he needs. Hopefully there will be no repeat of the scary incident here two years ago, when he hung left and crashed through the rails with a race at his mercy. Odds of 9-4 don’t offer much twang for that kind of freakish behaviour.No one was more delighted at the decision than Enable’s jockey Frankie Dettori.

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The world-record seeking trainer has already indicated his trio of Seahenge, Threeandfourpence and the Middle Park winner US Navy Flag are at the forefront of the reckoning to try and give him a sixth Dewhurst success.
Stoute’s only previous success in the Dewhurst Stakes was 31 years ago, when the subsequent champion sprinter Ajdal was sent off at 4-9 despite never having previously lined up for a Group race, and beat Shady Heights by three-quarters of a length.Expert Eye missed out on a trip to Ireland for the National Stakes last month but is a general 4-6 shot to become a fifth Dewhurst winner for Prince Khalid Abdullah after Zafonic (1992) Xaar (1997) Distant Music (1999) and Frankel in 2010.
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Sir Michael Stoute, whose colt Expert Eye is odds-on to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, said on Tuesday morning that his two-month absence from the track since winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood will be “no excuse” if his juvenile fails to deliver this weekend.‘Filly of a lifetime’ Enable remains in training, to Frankie Dettori’s delight Expert Eye is a 4-6 chance for Saturday’s Group One race, which is widely seen as the juvenile championship event for European colts, and 4-1 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket next May.

“What she has achieved this year has been nothing short of sensational. I’m looking forward to having her back next year so we can have another crack at going for the Arc and all the other big races.

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