Expert on track for Dewhurst

Expert Eye ridden by Andrea Atzeni on the way to winning the Qatar Vintage Stakes

Connections of ante-post Qipco 2000 Guineas favourite Expert Eye have said that he needs to continue to progress in his work at home if he is to contest the Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Acclamation is the standout name among 45 entries that have been left in the seven-furlong Group One contest at Newmarket on October 14.

After running out an impressive winner of the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, the two-year-old was forced to swerve an outing in the National Stakes at the Curragh after producing a dirty scope.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Expert Eye is in good shape now, he's coming back. He did a little bit of work on Saturday, nothing too strenuous, and Michael (Stoute) seemed happy with him.

"He's got to progress and please us in the next few weeks if he is going to make the Darley Dewhurst.

"Both his Vintage Stakes victory and his maiden win look like very solid form – I notice that Seahenge (Vintage Stakes fifth) won a Group Two last week and before that Barraquero, who was third in his maiden, also won a Group Two. But unfortunately you can't throw the form book into the paddock!"

Grimthorpe announced plans remain up in the air for the Roger Charlton-trained Herculean, who also holds an entry in the Racing Post Trophy, following his decisive debut success at Ascot.

He added: "Herculean won his maiden nicely at Ascot first time out and it rode like a decent race. He has come out of that pretty well but he is a big scopey horse and I don't think Roger (Charlton) wants to do too much with him (this year).

"We'll just wait for the next 10 days and see where we are going with him – he is also in the Racing Post Trophy.

"The type of horse that he is, we are very mindful about his three-year-old career."

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