Roaring Lion Showing Good Signs After Colic Surgery

Roaring Lion

Current Cartier Horse Of The Year Roaring Lion is said to be showing positive signs in his recovery from Colic after he travelled to New Zealand for life saving surgery.

The four year old had a superb season last year coming out with some of the greatest prizes in the sports but also becoming a fan favourite with the way him and jockey Oisin Murphy teamed up.

Roaring Lion raced 13 times in his career, across three different countries and went on to win eight contests placing in another two of them, overall landing four group 1 contests.

The Qatar Racing owned colt after his amazing summer last year where he landed four consecutive black type victories in the Sandown Coral Eclipse, York Juddmonte International Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and finally the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot.

These victories all came after he finished third in the Epsom Derby, where at that point his trainer John Gosden thought his Group 1 victory was never going to come but at 1 mile/ 1 mile 2f he became one of the best on the planet.

The son of Kitten's Joy finished his career on a sour note when going over to America for the Breeders Cup Classic where he finished last of the 14 runner field and never ran his race at all.

However, Roaring Lion was then retired to stud and if beating this life threatening illness may still be able to create some leading horses in the sport but we will have to wait and see how he fully recovers.

The four-year-old was shipped to Cambridge Stud but then taken ill after leaving quarantine on Saturday morning.

This case of Colic is the second high profile illness to be released within a week with the other being a tragic story with the racing world seeing Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner Sea Of Class pass away due to it.

Cambridge Stud’s surgeon Dr Alanna Zantingh and vet Dr Rob Hitchcock have both provided of Roaring Lion's condition.

(Credit At The Races) Dr Zantingh told tweenhills.com: “Roaring Lion is doing much better today. He’s much brighter than he was yesterday.

“We’ve given him handfuls of grass every couple of hours – and he’s eating it really, really well, wishing for more.

“His stomach has been handling it well … he’s starting to get a little annoyed with us – which I think is a very good sign!”

Dr Hitchcock added: “It’s still fingers crossed, but we’re happy with him this morning.”

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