Expert Eye and Frankie Dettori win the Breeders’ Cup Mile
Copyright EclipseSportswire Alex Evers

Expert Eye was delivered late by Frankie Dettori, to sensationally snatch victory in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Fourteen contested this race, with European trained horses making up eight of the line-up.

However, controversy had marred the build-up to this race when the Freddy Head filly Polydream, was scratched by local vets, who believed her odd walking action meant she was lame. They refused Head’s requests to show her striding out on the racetrack and barred her from the race.

At the break it was Analyze It who went on from Lightning Spear, as they headed into the first bend.

Heading down the back, Analyze It and Lightning Spear set the pace with Mustashry moving up on the outside to dispute the lead.

Mustashry and William Buick went on with a bunching group, with Analyze It and Catapult with the leaders.

Turning for home, Analyze It was challenged by Divisidera, Lightning Spear and Catapult.

Analyze It found more with Catapult fighting, but Frankie Dettori produced Expert Eye down the wide outside.

With the post coming ever nearer, Expert Eye overhauled the leaders in exhilarating style to give Sir Michael Stoute another Breeders’ Cup winner.

In a blanket finish, Catapult was second, with Analyze It third and Divisidero fourth.

Stoute, who had experienced disappointments in this race in the past with Shadeed, Sonic Lady and Zilzal to name a few, said afterwards: “Frankie was great on him. He scared me but he was brilliant on him and he just got there in time.

“He had some problems with the stalls which affected him mentally in the springtime.”

Dettori, who won this race in 1994 aboard Luca Cumani’s Barathea, said: “The turbo kicked in and he won cosily in the end. Once he found his footing, he was away. Now that he is calm, he is a proper racehorse.”