Throwback Thursday Race Of The Day - 13/05/21

Roaring Lion

The Dante is the feature race of the day and having looked back at the 2019 and 2020 renewal, today we are going back to the 2018 renewal, where the superb Roaring Lion took the event.

The son of Kitten's Joy is known as one of the most special flat horses to grace the turf over the last five years and truly kickstarted his three year old career when winning the Dante.

Having won three of his four events as a juvenile, he came back as a juvenile and was underwhelming on his first two runs, but when stepped up to 1m2f, came alive on the Knavesmire.

He then went on to finish third in the Derby over 1m4f, with the extra distance not playing to his speedy strengths, but after that he went unbeaten in four Group One events.

Roaring Lion landed the Coral Eclipse at Sandown and then backed that up in the Juddmonte International over the Dante course and distance.

The Qatar Racing owned colt then travelled over to Ireland and landed the Group One Irish Champion Stakes and then came back to England to top his season off at Ascot in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Unfortunately as a four year old Roaring Lion passed away from Colic, just managing to get some offspring out before he passed.

Today we are looking back on the race that got his career going again.