Oisin Murphy hoping Lion can Roar at Sandown

Rider looking for first British Group One win in the Coral-Eclipse

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Oisin Murphy is keeping his fingers crossed Roaring Lion can provide him with a first Group One success in Britain in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse.

The leading rider has enjoyed top-level victories in France, Canada and Dubai in the last 12 months, but is still searching for a Group One strike on British soil.

The John Gosden-trained Dante hero Roaring Lion is a major contender for this weekend’s Sandown feature, but has ground to make up on Masar having finished behind him in the Craven Stakes, the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby.

Murphy also sees Aidan O’Brien’s dual Group One-winning filly Happily as a threat.

“The weight-for-age is huge and obviously Happily would get the sex allowance on top of that,” the jockey told At The Races.

“It’s exciting. I’m very fortunate to partner horses like Roaring Lion and I want to make the most of it.

“Sheikh Fahad is one of the biggest owners in the world, he deserves success like this and I want to give it to him.”

Oisin Murphy hoping Lion can Roar at Sandown

Sandown 14:10, 7 July 2018

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