Without Parole and Expert Eye ready for Sussex Stakes showdown
Exciting three-year-olds Expert Eye and Without Parole are the headline acts in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday.
Without Parole has not tasted defeat in four career starts and secured his first Group 1 success at Royal Ascot when landing the St James's Palace Stakes.
The son of Frankel will have a new partner for the race as Andrea Atzeni stands in for the suspended Frankie Dettori.
Atzeni told Qipco British Champions Series: "He's a gorgeous looking horse and, for a son of Frankel, very laid back, very cool and uncomplicated. He’s a great ride to get.
"I spoke to Frankie about him and you can literally put him anywhere in a race. He doesn’t pull, stays the trip very well, is unbeaten and having had only four runs can only get better. They went a strong gallop at Ascot and it was a proper Group 1. He travelled good and was very tough."
Expert Eye got his campaign on track when winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and steps back up to a mile. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt's previous attempt at the trip was in the 2,000 Guineas when he finished a disappointing tenth behind Saxon Warrior.
Aidan O'Brien had various contenders to choose from in the race, but decided to go with St James's Palace runner-up Gustav Klimt, who has half a length to find on Without Parole based on the Ascot form.
Orbaan adds a French flavour for Andre Fabre and, in a race that brings together different generations, Beat The Bank, Lightning Spear and the David O'Meara pair of So Beloved and Lord Glitters complete the field.
The going is good, good to firm in places on the round course after 18.3mm of rain on Sunday.
The other Pattern race on Wednesday is the Group 3 Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes (3.00), with Soldier's Call the star turn.
Soldier's Call, who provided Archie Watson with a first Royal Ascot winner when victorious in the Windsor Castle, will face ten rivals.
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