retires to stud as one of Europe’s leading 7f/8f performers. He gave notice of his ability when making a winning debut in a 6.5f Novice Stakes at Newbury in June, this being significant as it is not necessarily the norm for his stable’s two-year-olds to win first time out – and because the subsequent Gr.2
Richmond Stakes winner Barraquero was beaten into third. Two months later EXPERT EYE
was sent off the 7/4 favourite for the Gr.2
Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, and his four- and-a-half length victory was so impressive that Timeform described it as “arguably the most striking performance by a two-year-old in a Pattern race all year.” Unfortunately a disappointing run in the Dewhurst was to follow – but the impression left by that Goodwood victory meant that Roaring Lion was the only British-trained two-year-old to achieve a higher Timeform rating than EXPERT EYE
A respectable comeback run in the Greenham (second behind James Garfield) was followed by another disappointing effort on the Rowley Mile in the 2000 Guineas but from June onwards EXPERT EYE
lived up to the promise he had shown the previous year.EXPERT EYE
was sent off as joint third-favourite in a typically open looking Gr.3
Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot – but he won in the style of an odds-on shot – scorching to a four-and-a-half length victory, the biggest winning margin this century. EXPERT EYE
confirmed himself to be firmly of Group 1 calibre when finishing runner up in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on his next start, arguably not being suited by the way the race was run but battling on in game style. A comfortable victory in the very valuable Gr.3
City of York Stakes, despite carrying a 3lb penalty, showed EXPERT EYE
to be holding his form well – a fact further borne out by his unlucky third in the Prix du Moulin, being caught in traffic when making his run.
Churchill Downs on 3rd November was when EXPERT EYE
's talent and consistency was fully rewarded. There had not been a British-trained winner of the Breeder’s Cup Mile since 1994 – and EXPERT EYE
had to defy not only that statistic, but also the rain-softened ground – but defy he did – coming with a strong run down the centre to catch some more prominently-ridden rivals. EXPERT EYE
retired to stud as one of the best two-year-olds of his generation, one of the best 7f/8f colts of his generation and as one of the most exciting stallion prospects in Europe.