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Breeders' Cup still on cards for Roaring Lion


John Gosden

John Gosden

John Gosden

John Gosden is not ruling out a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic with Roaring Lion.

Following previous triumphs in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York, the Qatar Racing-owned three-year-old completed a Group One hat-trick when getting up to beat old rival Saxon Warrior in a thrilling Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last weekend.

The Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20 remains his main target, but a trip to the Breeders' Cup remains in the melting pot and Gosden is open to the idea of running his charge on the dirt for the first time at Churchill Downs.

Speaking at the Newmarket Open Weekend, Gosden said: "I'm very happy with Roaring Lion and we are pointing towards the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20. He has got some constitution as he has been on the go since February and I've been impressed with how he has taken his racing.

"The Breeders' Cup comes pretty sharply after Champions Day. If it was heavy he wouldn't run at Ascot, but if it was good to soft he would run as he has won on it before.

"If he went to the Breeders' Cup, it could be the mile-and-a-half on turf (Breeders' Cup Turf) or we could have a look at the Classic. He is a mile-and-a-quarter horse so you would consider the Classic as well as the turf.

"The mile-and-a-half around three bends is not that different to a stiff mile and a quarter uphill at Ascot. It is not like going a mile and a half around Ascot."

The Clarehaven maestro also provided a positive update on the brilliant Enable, who is a hot favourite to successfully defend her crown in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in a fortnight's time following her foot-perfect comeback at Kempton earlier this month.

Gosden said: "She has been good since the race at Kempton and we are happy with her.

"She has been cantering away. We are just building her up to the Arc and we are happy with her."