EXPERT Eye’s time looks particularly impressive when compared with that of the seven-year-old Breton Rock in winning the Qatar Lennox Stakes at the same distance 35 minutes later. The average difference between the two races in the previous five years had been 1.35s in favour of the older horse contest, but it was just 0.35s in this instance.

A slight word of caution is appropriate, however, for sectionals show that the Lennox was run at an overly strong pace, with Breton Rock coming late and fast from last place as those up front caved in.