Expert Eye is good in Vintage
Expert Eye looked a top-class prospect for Sir Michael Stoute in turning the Qatar Vintage Stakes into a procession.
In what was arguably the most striking juvenile performance of the season to date, Andrea Atzeni kicked on a long way from home and on crossing the line he could not pull the 7-4 favourite up.
Victorious at Newbury on his debut and Stoute's only two-year-old winner of the season to date, the Acclamation colt was immediately promoted to the head of the betting for next season's 2000 Guineas.
Zaman and Mildenberger, who had shown decent form prior to this Group Two contest, were left trailing in his wake, with four and a half lengths separating the winner from the placed horses.
Atzeni said: "He was very good. I spoke to Ryan (Moore) before the race and he thought he'd take all the beating and he was right.
"He settled nicely, but approaching three out we'd gone slow and he took off, I ended up getting there way too soon. I wasn't hard on him and when I picked him up he galloped out really well.
"I don't think I've sat on many two-year-olds like this. He's pretty good."
Stoute said: "I was very taken with him first time out as well and he's an exciting horse, but I don't know where he'll go next.
"He's a very mature, strong colt and he'll certainly get a mile. Ryan has ridden him a lot since Newbury and has been impressed with him. I was hoping to win and he did it easy, he's an interesting horse.
"It's too early to talk about the Guineas, it's only the beginning of August in his two-year-old season.
"He does tick a lot of boxes as he's a well-balanced, well-made horse with a good mind and a lot of pace.
"We'll go step-by-step and I won't be putting him up to a mile yet. We'll get home and think about it and see how he is, but I'd prefer not to carry a penalty.
"I am excited – he's brimful of promise, put it that way."
Charlie Appleby said of Zaman: "I'm very pleased but obviously the winner was very impressive.
"For me he's stepped up again and the headgear lit him up a bit there.
"Before the race I'd have taken second quite happily. I think the winner is a potentially nice horse.
"We might look at something in the autumn as he's been busy, maybe the Flying Scotsman Stakes or the Champagne (both at Doncaster)."
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