John Gosden's four-year-old colt, under Frankie Dettori, took over two furlongs out and stormed clear as the 5-6 favourite.
"What a clever ride".
The trainer added: "He is a fabulous horse that didn't like the ground, Frankie said".More news: New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend
"It's his last race and let's hope he can do it". They won't go a great gallop and our problem will be getting out of the box, so full marks to the horse and the jockey for being fearless enough to go through that tiny little gap. He is already only 9/4 from 52 with Ladbrokes for its centerpiece, the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. The horse will face other Gosden runners in the shape of Monarchs Glen and Maverick Wave, however the biggest threat is likely to come from Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean. The 3-year-old son of Kitten's Joy is expected to retire to stud for the 2018 season, but owner Sheikh Fahad has one more start in mind: Roaring Lion has been pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Turf, with the Classic as his first preference.
"Obviously Ryan [Moore, riding Flag Of Honour, who made much of the running] was the one to beat". I said "it's Champions Day, and we should run".
"When his horse didn't turn [into the straight] very well, I thought, I know I am committed - I might not get another chance".More news: Meghan joins Prince Harry to meet royal fans after rest
If one judges the horse of the year by what an individual has brought to the season as a whole, then Roaring Lion's claims are far stronger than those of Enable and Cracksman, but what about Stradivarius? And it's the same, too, if you were to opt, not unreasonably, for champion stayer Stradivarius.
It was not quite Roaring Lion's finest moment, and it is not difficult to pick holes in the form, with I Can Fly, only fourth to Laurens a fortnight earlier, beaten only a neck in second under two pounds overweight and Century Dream and Stormy Antarctic, both regularly found wanting at the very highest level, hard on their heels.
"He's all heart, this horse".More news: Arizona Cardinals’ CB Patrick Peterson Requests Trade