Winning at the Wagga Carnival is always high on the stables priority list and this year was no different as we sent down Lion's Roar for the 2yo Showcase 1200m and Southern Lad for the Wagga Town Plate.

The long journey turned out to be worth it as Lion's Roar scored on racecourse debut and Southern Lad ran a close 2nd in the feature, arguably as bit unlucky not getting the splits when needed.

Lion's Roar, a son of Contributer (who John trained at Godolphin) is clearly a chip off the old block as he ploughed through the heavy track in gutsy fashion to score with a bit in hand. Following two trials Lion's Roar was sent off the $2.60 favourite, Shaun Guymer settled him nicely just behind the speed. At the top of the straight, Shaun pulled him out and the horse delivered kicking clear to win nicely and still looking far from the finished product. The 1200m is likely to be the bare minimum for Lion's Roar who we think will stay 2000m+ in time. He is a horse with a fantastic temperament, always willing and very little bothers him. The overnight trip to Wagga would have done him the world of good and he will now head to the paddock for a break before being aimed at bigger targets in the spring.

Well done to Champion Thoroughbreds who purchased him at Karaka for $65,000 in 2019 and his other owners 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.

Lions Roar & John with the Winning Plate this morning
Contributer & James McDonald post winning the Ranvet in 2015
 

 

 

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