Classic disappointment Expert Eye storms clear in Jersey Stakes

Stoute colt returns to brilliant best

  • Wednesday 20 June
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Sir Michael Stoute put the seal on a memorable afternoon when Expert Eye stormed home in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Suitably inspired by becoming the winning-most trainer in Royal Ascot history when Poet’s World claimed the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the master of Freemason Lodge later took his tally to 77 victories at the fiesta of Flat racing.

Could It Be Love looked to have done enough from the front, but Expert Eye (8-1) had all bases covered and spreadeagled a strong field in the hands of James McDonald, in the process banishing memories of his defeats in the Dewhurst and 2000 Guineas.

Society Power ended up finishing second, with Could It Be Love third.

McDonald, who was claiming a first Royal Ascot success, said: “He felt like a rocket ship out there.

“Credit to the horse, credit to Sir Michael – he’s a true legend.”

Stoute said: “He was such a good two-year-old and then things went wrong in the Dewhurst.

“I’m just so thrilled to see him back to this sort of form.

“There has been a lot of work put into this horse by James Savage, my head man.

“I’ve not seen convincing home-work (from Expert Eye) that he did last year – but it doesn’t matter now.”

Classic disappointment Expert Eye storms clear in Jersey Stakes
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