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CORAL-ECLIPSE REWIND: Derby third Roaring Lion scores at Sandown

Fan favourite Roaring Lion claimed the 2018 Coral-Eclipse on the day England secured further international glory

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PKW6EM Horse Roaring Lion and owner Sheikh Fahad Al Tani and jockey Oisin Murphy (centre) after win during day one of the 2018 Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin.

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.

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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.

WATCH: ROARING LION WEARS DOWN SAXON WARRIOR TO LAND THE 2018 ECLIPSE AT SANDOWN PARK [CREDIT: RACING TV]

It kickstarted a memorable campaign for the Kitten’s Joy grey, who had previously won the Dante at York two months earlier.

Oisin Murphy and Roaring Lion won four Group 1’s together in 2018

He went onto rack up a further three Group 1’s in the International, Irish Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II, respectively.

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
Roaring Lion won eight of his 13 career starts for John Gosden (right)

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.

WATCH: CAN MISHRIFF FOLLOW IN THE HOOF PRINTS OF FELLOW JOHN GOSDEN DUO ROARING LION AND ENABLE IN TAKING THE ECLIPSE? [CREDIT: RACING TV]

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.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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