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Classic contenders in the spotlight: Roaring Lion

4 Apr 2018

The Racing Post Trophy runner-up looks a leading hope for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby

Roaring Lion left,and Saxon Warrior had a good tussle at Doncaster. Picture: Racingfotos.com

The Racing Post Trophy runner-up looks a leading hope for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Investec Derby.

Horse: ROARING LION

Trainer: John Gosden. Form: 1112

John Gosden offered more resistance than most to Aidan O’Brien in the Group 1 races last season and when Roaring Lion hit the front in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October it seemed he would delay his rival’s quest for a record-breaking 26th win at the highest level.

However, Roaring Lion had made up his ground quickly from the back of the field and when he also jinked left it was all the invitation that O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior required to get back past him and win by a neck.

Many left the track believing the best horse in the race had finished second and jockey Oisin Murphy admitted in his blog for Champions Series early this year that he would have liked a second stab at the race.

“I’m always honest when things go right or wrong for a horse, and I do feel that he got a bit lonely that day out in front,” he said. “If I had the race again I would delay my challenge a bit- but you can’t have them back.”

Before his Doncaster reverse, Roaring Lion, who carries the colours of Qatar Racing, had won the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes in determined style at Newmarket.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas is on his agenda and, with his stamina in his pedigree, a tilt at the Investec Derby could also be on the cards.