ITV Racing review, Saturday, July 7th

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Published: 8th July 2018

On an afternoon when England booked their semi-final place at the World Cup finals, the aptly-named Roaring Lion was an impressive winner in front of the ITV Racing cameras.

Roaring Lion battled on bravely to beat Saxon Warrior in front of the ITV Racing cameras in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
The two classy three-year-olds had the 10-furlong Group One to themselves and no quarter was given in the closing stages.
Hawkbill made the running from Forest Ranger, but the older horses had no answer to the younger generation who dominated the finish.
Roaring Lion, trained by John Gosden, passed the post in front by a neck under Oisin Murphy from Aidan O’Brien’s charge ridden by his son, Donnacha.
A stewards’ inquiry was called, but the placings remained unaltered.
Judicial repelled the late thrust of Muthmir to claim top honours in the Coral Charge.
Julie Camacho’s six-year-old was given a nice tow into the race from the front-running Mirza.


He took over the lead racing inside the final furlong with Muthmir doing his best work at the finish.
But Judicial was always doing enough to hold on and claimed the Group Three prize by a neck under Paul Mulrennan.
Nearly Caught repeated last year’s success in the Listed Coral Marathon.
James Doyle had Hughie Morrrison’s eight-year-old towards the rear of the six-strong field in the two-mile heat.
The eventual winner hit the front over a furlong out and galloped on resolutely ahead of the staying-on Platitude.
Doyle executed a perfectly-judged ride from the front as Awesometank landed the Coral Distaff.
Both Desert Diamond and Preening tried to challenge inside the distance in the mile contest.


But Doyle had a bit extra up his sleeve and Awesometank dug deep to run out a three-quarter-length winner.
Horseplay grabbed the Group Two honours from God Given in the the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.
Andrew Balding’s filly got the verdict by a short head from the long-time leader after a ding-dong duel in the final furlong.
God Given had taken the Pinnacle Stakes over the course and distance on her previous start.
She set out to make all the running with Aidan O’Brien’s Irish raider Flattering close up.
Jamie Spencer upped the tempo in the straight and God Given responded in game fashion.
But David Probert got a fine tune out of Horseplay and the daughter of Cape Cross gave Balding his 50th winner.ITV Racing review


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