Qatar Racing and Tweenhills Stud are absolutely devastated to have to announce the death of Roaring Lion who has been put to sleep after suffering another bout of colic in New Zealand.
Tweenhills owner David Redvers said:
“At approximately midday (GMT) / 23.00 NZ today Roaring Lion was observed to be uncomfortable in his stable at Cambridge Stud. On examination by stud vet Rob Hitchcock, Roaring Lion was admitted to Cambridge Equine hospital.
“There operating surgeons Dr Alanna Zantingh and Dr Greg Quinn performed ultrasound examination and at 14.45 (GMT) the decision was made on welfare grounds to put Roaring Lion to sleep.”
Sheikh Fahad and all the team at Qatar Racing, Tweenhills, Cambridge Stud and Clarehaven have lost a true champion who fought and fought and fought.
A son of Kitten's Joy, Roaring Lion won the G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and was Group 1-placed as a 2-year-old, and really blossomed in the middle of his 3-year-old season with four Group 1 wins in a row. The streak began with the Coral Eclipse, then he took the Juddmonte International, the Irish Champions Stakes and the QE II. Before his retirement to stud, John Gosden sent the colt to the United States to try the dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He finished 14th that day, but still earned the 3-year-old championship title.
Roaring Lion commanded a £40,000 (approximately US$44,500) stud fee in his first and only season.
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