Expert Eye to be blindsided by Seahenge in the Dewhurst Stakes
With the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes just around the corner, we can’t wait to see nine of the best juveniles do battle on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.
One contender who won’t be there is Verbal Dexterity after trainer Jim Bolger confirmed that the colt scoped dirty.
That means Expert Eye heads into the renewal as the 8/13 ante-post favourite.
And with good reason too. Sir Michael Stoute’s two-year-old boasts an imperious record this season, having won on first two starts.
But it was the manner in which he disposed of his opponents in the Vintage Stakes, which makes him the one to be feared. The Juddmonte colt hacked up by 2l, leaving him as the clear favourite for a maiden Group 1 success here.
Looking to upset the form-guide, applecart and everything else is Emaraaty at 4/1.
John Gosden and Jim Crowley will team up once again as the son of Dubawi looks to build on an inaugural win at Newbury last month. However, Gosden has never won this renewal. And we don’t think he’s likely to break that run with Emaraaty here.
If you’re looking for a trainer with pedigree in this event then Aidan O’Brien is your man. He runs 8/1 shot Seahenge this time around as he looks to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Dewhurst.
And the son of Scat Daddy could go better than his odds suggest. He’s already tasted black-type success when landing the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and we think he’s in with a shout here as well.
US Navy Flag should be a similarly lively contender, also at 8/1. The second runner of four for O’Brien, this son of War Front certainly has the pedigree to challenge.
He’s the only runner to have already landed a Group 1, defying odds of 10/1 to take the Middle Park Stakes last month. The only concern is that a heavy first season may have taken its toll on the juvenile.
Rank outsiders Great Prospector, Mendelssohn and Theobold complete the field at 40/1 apiece.
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