As England prepares to come to a standstill at 17:00 on Tuesday afternoon, what better way to whet the appetite for tonight’s Wembley clash than a look back on Epsom Derby bronze medalist Roaring Lion’s victory in the Coral-Eclipse back in 2018.
On the day the Three Lions roared in Samara when putting Sweden to the sword at the World Cup, John Gosden’s Lion echoed the feat in Esher under Oisin Murphy, proving too strong for old enemy Saxon Warrior.
It kickstarted a memorable campaign for the Kitten’s Joy grey, who had previously won the Dante at York two months earlier.
He went onto rack up a further three Group 1’s in the International, Irish Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II, respectively.
Sadly, a year later, the Qatar Racing Limited owned representative lost his life to colic.
John Gosden would win the contest a year later after racing legend Enable secured the 2019 renewal before she was downed by Ghaiyyath in Surrey twelve months after.
His current stable-star Mishriff is the antepost favourite for Saturday’s contest, just shorter in the betting than Aidan O’Brien’s duel French Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica.