Roaring Lion lands the Eclipse - Is Juddmonte glory on its way?

Roaring Lion lands the Eclipse - Is Juddmonte glory on its way?

John Gosden’s three-year-old justifies favouritism in a thrilling race at Sandown.

Roaring Lion dug deep to overtake Saxon Warrior at the death to win a thrilling Coral Eclipse at Sandown and give Oisin Murphy her first Group 1 victory.

It was a proper duel between the two favourites in the market but John Gosden’s horse found enough reserves to get past with a furlong to go and hold on by a slim margin.

Whether the win is an omen for England’s football team this afternoon in their World Cup quarter-final remains to be seen but Gosden will be hoping that further success for the three-year-old in the Juddmonte Stakes at York is forthcoming.

The win has seen movement in that particular market, with Ladbrokes slashing Roaring Lion’s odds to 11/4. Others have gone 3/1 and 7/2 respectively.

A best price of 6/1 is still out there with the movement in its infancy, although don’t expect this price to hold for long!

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Roaring Lion had a lot of pressure on his shoulders but Oisin Murphy produced a terrific ride to land her first Group 1 and give a feeling of an open for the 3pm kick-off! The win meant movement in the Juddmonte market, with some bookies cutting odds as short as 11/4.” 

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