Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes winner Roaring Lion has firmly thrown his hat into the ring to be on course for the Cartier Horse Of The Year and his last ditch attempt to get up on the line to take his third Group 1 in a row.
The John Gosden trained three year old colt has been magnificent this season winning three brilliant Group 1 races with the latest just pipping Saxon Warrior at Leopardstown in the 1 mile 2 furlong event.
This puts his standings onto 174 points 14 clear of his nearest rival in Alpha Centauri who we all know has now been retired due to an injury which is devastating for the sport and her connections in her bid for this prize. However the filly does lead the three year old filly standings and even though she won't race again should take the honours.
Roaring Lion will now head to Ascot for his final race of his three year old campaign in the Champion Stakes in the October Champions Day meeting where he could meet his stablemate Cracksman who is on 88 points for the prize.