Lion's Roar Digs Deep For Back To Back Wins

Tough, Determined and Genuine are three words that come to mind when describing the tenacity of Lion's Roar's efforts this preparation and his win at Newcastle on Saturday was no different. The handsome son of Contributer was scratched the week before from the Gloaming Stakes due to a setback in the stable however he bounced back for a brilliant, gritty performance and returned to the winner's circle, making it back to back victories.

He was well fancied in the BM64 grade over 1870m where he came up against a small field of 7 runners. He bounced well out of the gates from barrier 6 and when unable to take a sit, he took up the running, sitting outside the second favourite Californiafirebird. He settled beautifully in the run for jockey Mitchell Bell and rounding the home turn, he was quick to fight off the leader, leaving him in front 300m from home. Stalking his every move was the Tracy Bartley trained Sapphires Son who loomed up at the 100m and looked the winner until Lion's Roar mighty heart kicked in and hit next gear, fighting off Sapphires Son for 0.33L victory.

"That was a tough effort" commented Bell after the win. "He was there to be beaten but really dug deep for me- he tries so hard".

Providing he pulls up well from the run, trainer John O'Shea plans to back up Lion's Roar next Saturday in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes for the 3YO's over 2000m with Brenton Avdulla booked for the ride. He continues to succeed each time the bar is lifted and O'Shea is confident he won't be out of place in the Group 1 field.

Congratulations to his ownership group Mr R M Hodge, Mrs S J Codner, Mr G Koneski, Ms V L Sheils, Mr J A Denny, Mr S J Brown, Mrs L Miller, Mr S A Miller, Mr H Bayliss, Mr J G Codner, Lotave, Mr M E J Mcintyre, Ms M J M Lambert, Mrs D L Fisher, Mr G B Lamont, Mrs F J O'shea, Sedgewyn, Mr J P Purtell, Mr D Steffel


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