In 1891 Red Eyes was owned by the Hartopp family. He was then sold in 1892 to Mr J. Cannon, and sold in 1893 to Mr Ellis whose colours of straw with a scarlet cap are shown here. As well as winning the Queen's Plate at the Newcastle and Gosforth Park Autumn Meeting, ridden by M. Cannon, Red Eyes dead heated with Cypria at the Cesarewitch Stakes at Newmarket in 1893, ridden by T. Loates in the colours of Mr. Ellis.
Having established himself as a painter of landscape and genre, Sealy only turned to painting equestrian portraits later in his career. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1875 and 1886 and also at the Royal Society of British Artists. Although he is recorded as living in London, much of his work was done at Newmarket, thought to be represented in the background of this picture.