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  • Red-hot favourite Expert Eye “in good shape” ahead of Dewhurst bid

    Expert Eye odds short to deliver in Dewhurst

    Cheltenham Bet quote the latest Expert Eye odds both in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and for next season.

    Expert Eye odds for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and also feature among Paddy Power specials

    Sir Michael Stoute reported red-hot Dewhurst Stakes favourite Expert Eye to be “in good shape” and said that there would be “no excuses” as regards his preparation for the Group 1 juvenile contest at Newmarket on Saturday.

    The Newmarket maestro saddled Ajdal to land the spoils in 1986, and in Expert Eye has a hugely exciting colt who is unbeaten in two starts.

    In the last of those at Goowood, he was mightily impressive when quickening clear to land the Group 2 Vintage Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths.

    4/1 for 2018 Guineas glory

    That performance catapulted him to favouritism for next year’s 2000 Guineas, for which Expert Eye odds currently sit at 4/1 with Paddy Power.

    He was then forced to miss the National Stakes at The Curragh last month after scoping badly.

    Expert Eye looked in good form when put through his paces at a media event on Tuesday morning when he cantered behind a stablemate on the Al Bahathri polytrack gallop.

    “No excuses”

    Expert Eye odds for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and beyond are of interest to punters.

    “He seems in good shape,” Stoute said. “I contemplated going to The Curragh, but he had a bit of an issue when we scoped him.

    “That knocked that out of the way so we trained him for the Dewhurst. We’ve had plenty of time to prepare him for the race and there are no excuses on that front.”

    “He’s a good-looking horse and is very athletic. We’ve had precocious two-year-olds, but we don’t seem to get them nowadays. This fellow just came along and was naturally precocious.”

    Paddy Power specials

    Expert Eye odds for Dewhurst have him the 8/13 favourite with Paddy Power.

    The Irish firm have also chalked up some specials about the son of Acclamation:
    Expert Eye to win the Dewhurst Stakes by 2.5 lengths or more: 2/1
    To win the Dewhurst Stakes and 2000 Guineas: 5/1
    To win the Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes: 8/1
    Expert Eye to be unbeaten in 2018 (Must run at least three times): 16/1.

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