Four-time Group 1 winner Roaring Lion has exited his victory in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day in great shape, according to attheraces.com. The 3-year-old son of Kitten's Joy is expected to retire to stud for the 2018 season, but owner Sheikh Fahad has one more start in mind: Roaring Lion has been pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Turf, with the Classic as his first preference.
“He's never run on the surface, but Sheikh Fahad is very keen,” said David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing. “The colt appears to have come out of Saturday in tremendous shape. It's bizarre how well he seems to take his races. He was so fresh that (trainer) John Gosden had to give him a canter this morning.”
Roaring Lion is not guaranteed a spot in the Classic starting gate, and will have to depend on a Breeders' Cup panel to make it into the body of the 14-horse field. In addition, the Weather Channel's long-range weather forecast in Louisville, Ky., site of the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, indicates a 60 percent chance of rain on both Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.
“We will keep an eye on him and make a final decision as close as we can to when he has to fly, but John has said he would not run Roaring Lion if the track came up sloppy,” Redvers said.
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