Expert Eye ruled out of National Stakes after minor setback

Mon 4 Sep 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Next year's 2000 Guineas favourite Expert Eye has been ruled out of a trip to Ireland this weekend.

Sir Michael Stoute had been looking to send the unbeaten Acclamation colt, an impressive winner of the Vintage Stakjes at Goodwood last time, for Sunday's Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh.

However, those plans have now been shelved due to a minor setback and the next time he will be seen in action is now likely to be at Newmarket. In his absence, Betfair make the Aidan O'Brien-trained Gustav Klimt the 4-11 favourite to land the Group One prize.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Expert Eye's owner Khalid Abdullah said: "Unfortunately he returned a slightly dirty scope, so that has ruled him out of Ireland.

"I would think it would make sense now to head straight for the Dewhurst, that seems likely."

Grimthorpe also had an update on Mori, the Ribblesdale runner-up who was unplaced when an odds-on favourite for the Galtres Stakes at York's Ebor meeting.

"I think her run was down to a combination of factors, she'd had a fair bit of time off and was a bit rusty," he said. "She was fine afterwards so we'll just see how she is.

"Sir Michael has been happy with her since but there is no target set in stone."

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