Roaring Lion’s fabulous run to win the Eclipse at Sandown
ROARING Lion made it a day to remember when winning the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. John Gosden’s star was the first leg in a patriotic double for many punters who paired him with England in the World Cup later the same day.
Roaring Lion’s performance was all the better because it came against a strong Ballydoyle team who combined to make conditions perfect for Saxon Warrior, who went down in a driving finish.
Oisin Murphy had to bring the Gosden colt wide to get past the Aidan O’Brien team but he still got the job done well.
Gosden enjoyed enjoy the challenge. He said: “If you watch the race, it was fascinating tactics, as usual. And it got us in trouble, it got us three wide and it got us further back than we wanted. They were tempting us to drop in but if you drop in, someone then goes and puts you in the box.
“Full marks to Aidan for sending Saxon Warrior back here, cool as a cucumber. He looked great in the preliminaries and ran a phenomenal race, this is probably his perfect trip.”
There was some bumping in the closing stages and a stewards’ that took a lot longer than the race did. Murphy picked up a four-day ban for careless riding but was a happy man.
He said: “I knew I was on the best horse in the race here, that’s the bottom line.”