Free Eagle made his racecourse debut in a one mile maiden race at Leopardstown Racecourse on 15 August 2013. He started the 11/4 favourite against nine opponents and won “very easily” by five and a half lengths from Orchestra, a colt who went on to win the Chester Vase. After the race Smullen commented “I don’t get too bullish about them normally because that’s not my style but this lad has been exciting us all year. He’s a lovely horse. . . We are very excited about his future”. Despite race’s modest status, Free Eagle was made 8/1 favourite for the following year’s Epsom Derby. Three weeks later the colt was moved up in class to contest the Group Three Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial over the same course and distance. Starting the 2/5 favourite, he took the lead in the straight but proved no match for the Aidan O’Brien-trained Australia, and finished second, six lengths behind the winner.