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Roaring Lion Wins Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Top-class colt Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy-Vionnet, by Street Sense) capped a stellar season when scoring a thrilling last-bound win in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs) on British Champions day at Ascot on Saturday. This was the fourth consecutive Gr1 triumph for Roaring Lion who once again had to call upon his tremendous fighting spirit to get the better of runner-up and 33-1 outsider I Can Fly over the concluding stages. Owned by Qatar Racing, Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy-Vionnet, by Street Sense) is now likely to follow stable-mate Cracksman by retiring to the breeding barn. He advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes, Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Gr1 Eclipse Stakes & Gr2 Dante Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Epsom Derby) from 12 starts for £2,731,418 in earnings. Trainer John Gosden said the win was all the more meritorious given Roaring Lion clearly disliked the soft conditions. "Oisin [Murphy] said he hated the ground. That is no-one's fault, it is very deep. He won on fast ground at Leopardstown and he is probably a good ground, good to firm ground horse...he showed his class," Gosden told Sky Sports. "It was very brave of the owners to run, because he is going to stud and if had got beaten they would have done nothing but devalue their horse. He has never missed a dance and I think he will go to stud. I think that was his swansong and he will be greatly missed."