The Last Lion is ready to roar again when the stallion returns to the track for the first time since 2016.
The Last Lion is ready to roar again on its return at Lingfield for the first time since winning Group One at the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2016.
- The Last Lion ran for the last time when they won Group One at the Middle Park Stakes in 2016
- The seven-year-old girl’s stud career came to an end due to infertility
- But he’s entered in the Golden Rose Stake six-furlong roster on Saturday.
- He has returned to his original coach and will be ridden by Joe Fanning.
The Last Lion, which last competed when it won Group One at the Middle Park Stakes in Newmarket in September 2016, is back on track Saturday at Lingfield.
The surprise return follows the seven-year-old boy’s stud career that comes to an end due to infertility.
The Last Lion, which is entered in the six-furlong Golden Rose Stakes, has been returned to Mark Johnston, its original coach, and will be ridden by Joe Fanning, who was on board when he won Middle Park.
The Last Lion (center) last competed when they won Group One at the Middle Park Stakes in 2016
The last lion will be ridden by Joe Fanning, who was on board when he won Middle Park.
Johnston said: ‘(The original owners) John Brown and Megan Dennis still owned half of it, so I bought the other half, we neutered it and retrained it.
The Last Lion has been returned to its original owner Mark Johnston (above)
“When a horse has been away for five years, it is difficult to know what to expect. But if he can run maybe he’s way above this class.
“Joe has ridden it on his last two gallops and was absolutely delighted with it.”
Undefeated champion racehorse Frankel’s stallion fee has risen from £ 25,000 to £ 200,000 after a hugely successful season when eight of his descendants won Group One races.
Among them were the winner of the Derby and King George, Adayar, and the winner of the Irish Derby and St Leger, Hurricane Lane.
Lalor (Harry Cobden) and Simply The Betts (Bryony Frost) will debut for Paul Nicholls’ stable at Saturday’s Paddy Power Gold Cup in Cheltenham.