Qipco 2000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket
£500,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Saturday 5th May 2018

Expert Eye looked a top-class prospect for Sir Michael Stoute in turning Goodwood's Qatar Vintage Stakes, on August 1, into a procession.

Expert Eye
Expert Eye: Source Twitter @betfred

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 so far, the Acclamation colt was immediately promoted to the head of the betting for the 2000 Guineas in 2018.

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."

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Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes 2017
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
10 ran

Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Wgt Trainer Age
1st (3) Churchill (IRE) 6/4f R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (5) 1 Barney Roy 7/2 James Doyle
9-0
R Hannon 3
3rd (7) nk Al Wukair (IRE) 11/2 Gregory Benoist
9-0
A Fabre 3
4th (4) hd Lancaster Bomber (USA) 14/1 D O'Brien
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
5th (10) Dream Castle 8/1 S De Sousa
9-0
S bin Suroor 3
6th (2) nk Eminent (IRE) 5/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
M Meade 3
7th (9) nk Top Score 100/1 J Fanning
9-0
S bin Suroor 3
8th (8) Spirit of Valor (USA) 33/1 J A Heffernan
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
9th (6) Larchmont Lad (IRE) 33/1 W Buick
9-0
R Hannon 3
10th (1) hd Law And Order (IRE) 100/1 M Harley
9-0
J Tate 3

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