Expert Eye, winner of this year's Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs, has been retired from racing, and he will join the stallion roster at Juddmonte Farms' Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England for the 2019 breeding season.
The 3-year-old son of Acclamation will begin his stallion career for an advertised fee of 20,000 British pounds (U.S. $25,930).
Expert Eye retired with five wins in 10 career starts for earnings of $1,827,455. He raced primarily in his native England prior to his Breeders' Cup victory, taking the G2 Vintage Stakes and G3 Jersey Stakes and City of York Stakes. He then ventured out to France to finish third in the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp before making the trip to Churchill Downs.
Sir Michael Stoute trained the Juddmonte Farms homebred, who is out of the unraced Dansili mare Exemplify.
“This precocious, athletic and well-balanced colt is one of the best sons of Acclamation to race, winning the Vintage Stakes that was described by Timeform as 'arguably the most striking performance by a two-year-old in a Pattern race all year,'” said stud director Simon Mockridge. “That early talent was carried over into his 3-year-old season when he captured the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in scintillating fashion, winning by the largest margin this century (4 1/2 lengths).
“Expert Eye is a fourth generation Juddmonte homebred whose pedigree boasts the presence of champion 2-year-old filly in Europe and dual classic winner Special Duty and seven-time G1 winner Sightseek,” Mockridge continued. “He is by Acclamation, a consistent and prolific source of fast horses and the sire of leading stallion Dark Angel.”
Expert Eye joins a Barnstead Manor Stud roster that also includes European champion Frankel, who will stand for 175,000 pounds ($226,832).
“He reached the landmark total of 20 Northern Hemisphere Group winners this year, faster than any other European stallion in the history of the Pattern,” Mockridge said. “He has firmly established himself as one of the leading sires in the Northern Hemisphere, second only to his sire Galileo, by group winners (24) and blacktype winners (33) from his 2014-2016 crops.”
Following is the complete list of advertised fees for the 2019 Barnstead Manor Stud roster.
Bated Breath – £10,000 ($12,961)
Expert Eye – £20,000 ($25,930)
Frankel – £175,000 ($226,832)
Kingman – £75,000 ($97,206)
Oasis Dream – £30,000 ($38,882)
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