Lion's Roar Caps Off Preparation With Group 1 Placing

Lion's Roar gave his ownership group an incredible thrill on Saturday when fighting out the finish to place 2nd in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick. The 3YO son of Contributer was having just his 5th career start when tackling the major assignment and raised the bar yet again to maintain his near perfect race record of 5 starts , 3 wins and 2 placings. Purchased for $65,000 as a yearling for the 2018 NZB Premier Sale, Lion's Roar has now earned his connections over $240k in prizemoney from a handful of race starts.

On the 7 day back-up from his win at Newcastle, Lion's Roar entered the race as an $18 chance in the field of 13 runners. He showed his usual good gate speed from barrier 7 and was able to settle 3 pairs back in the running and travelled beautifully throughout. The race panned out perfectly for him and with most horses off the bit around the home turn, Lion's Roar was still travelling strongly on the bridle for jockey Brenton Avdulla. He was left in front a long way from home with the race favourite Love Tap dropping off quicker than expected and for a fleeting moment Lion's Roar looked the winner.

Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Montefilia who was also on the 7 day back-up from that win, peeled out from behind Lion's Roar's heels and was able to gun him down over the last 25m to win by 0.8L. The two gave an almighty sight leaving the rest of their rivals 4 lengths behind!

Lion's Roar will now head to the paddock for a break before being aimed at the Randwick Guineas in the Autumn.

Congratulations to his owners on such a wonderful preparation!


Opacity Makes A Brilliant Return To The Winners Circle

Opacity returned to his brilliant best at Royal Randwick on Saturday in the Racing To Win Handicap over a mile. All the stars aligned and he found himself with a good barrier draw, a soft track and just 51kg's after apprentice Reece Jones' claim. umping from barrier 4, Opacity began well to settle 3 pairs back off the fence 

Conditions To Suit Opacity At Randwick On Saturday

Opacity is due for a change of luck and Wednesday's barrier draw could be an indication that the change is on it's way. He lines up in the Racing To Win Open Handicap over 1600m at Randwick on Saturday where he maps to get a nice run from barrier 4 in the field of 13 runners with in-form apprentice Reece Jones claiming down to the very light weight of 51kg. 

Bravo, Bravado!

It was a 'watch with one eye closed' effort from Bravado in the last of the day at Scone's feature meeting on Friday when he came from the clouds to record his second career win in a class 2 over 1300m. Drawn the widest gate, Bravado was near last on the home turn, some 10 lengths off the leader 

Newsreader Tackles Denise's Joy Stakes First-up

3YO filly Newsreader will line up in the Listed Denise's Joy Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday in a bid for some valuable black-type. The daughter of Press Statement is first-up following two nice trials at Randwick and Warwick Farm in preparation for the stakes assignment. 

Southern Lad Returns To Wagga Carnival With Some Unfinished Business

It was described as 'the one that got away' last year when Southern Lad finished 2nd in the Wagga Town Plate when having a luckless run on a Heavy 8 track. And with trainer John O'Shea confident he's in better form this year than last, he's hoping he can go one better in the $200,000 event 

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