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Roaring Lion, a son of American-based stallion Kitten’s Joy, has certainly done his best to live up to his name – his rivals finding him hard to tame even if he has yet to strike at the highest level.
It seems only a matter of time before the two-time Group 2 winner puts that right as his performances in Group 1 company consist of a neck defeat, by Saxon Warrior
It would be wrong to say he is not effective at a mile and a half – you do not finish a two-length third in any Derby without getting the trip – but he had previously been an emphatic winner of the Dante Stakes over ten furlongs and it might be that a mile and a quarter proves his optimum.
“Roaring Lion is growing up a lot and he’s still improving, and he stayed straight as an arrow today,” John Gosden, his trainer, said after the Derby. “Take nothing from the winner, we were following him, but he outstayed us. Our horse really is a mile and a quarter horse.”
David Redvers, Racing and Bloodstock Manager for owners Qatar Racing, said: “He does us proud, my heart is still a flutter. To see a horse travel that well in a field like that, we always had a doubt that this would be a step too far and in this ground and it has been proven thus. We’re goíng to have a fun summer though.
“We’ll aim now towards something like the Eclipse; Mr Gosden and Oisin [Murphy] are both thrilled with him and if it had been fast ground today – who knows we might have been able to hold on. He’s a machine.”
Murphy added: “He’s a very exciting horse going forward. He travelled very well, he behaved well and we had a nice run through, he just didn’t finish out the race.”
The strong, attractive grey/roan colt also won the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes as a juvenile and the $160,000 paid for him as a yearling has proved a shrewd bit of business. He is the first foal of Vionett, another American performer who was successful at up to an extended mile.
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