Roaring Lion powers to Juddmonte International glory

Eclipse winner stars on the Knavesmire

  • Wednesday 22 August
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Roaring Lion stormed to an emphatic victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

The Coral-Eclipse Stakes hero had impressed in the Dante Stakes on his previous visit to the Knavesmire in May and improved on that with an authoritative display.

Powering past Benbatl, who had hit the front two furlongs from home, Roaring Lion (3-1) quickly went clear under Oisin Murphy to give the jockey and trainer John Gosden their first triumph in the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece.

King George victor Poet’s Word, the 8-5 favourite, stuck on well for second place, after being short of room at a crucial stage in the straight, but was still three and a quarter lengths behind the convincing winner.

Thundering Blue came home strongly to claim third and vindicate the decision of owner Clive Washbourn and trainer David Menuisier to supplement the 50-1 chance at a cost of £75,000, earning £114,000 for their enterprise.

Saxon Warrior was fourth for Aidan O’Brien.

Gosden said: “He’s run a lovely race. They went an honest pace. You’d got Dubai World Cup winners in there, Poet’s Word came at him and ran a blinder. There were no hiding places out there.

“We were delighted with him – I was expecting a big performance from him.

“This horse ran a great race in the Derby. He won his Eclipse well and he’s got better through the season. He’s got bigger and stronger.

“He had a difficult spring, but he’s done nothing but improve since.”

He went on: “He’s a mile-and-a-quarter horse through and through and I’d have been very disappointed if he hadn’t run like that today.

“He won’t be going for the Arc. The Irish Champion is an obvious possibility, as is Ascot (Champion Stakes).

“I would run him on good to soft ground, but I wouldn’t want to run him on soft – that is the only proviso I have. He has a beautiful action.

“A good mile-and-a-quarter horse gets a mile and a half in America, but the Breeders’ Cup Turf is a long way off.

“I think you should savour a race like this, see how the horse is in the next 10 days and then make plans.

“I’ll be disappointed if he’s retired at the end of the season. He’s just getting good.”

Roaring Lion powers to Juddmonte International glory
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