Multiple Group One winner Roaring Lion and Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D’Allen have died
- Espoir D’Allen was put down after failing to recover from a shoulder injury
- Roaring Lion was trained by John Gosden to win the Eclipse last season
- The son of Kitten’s Joy appeared to be on the road to recovery after surgery
Published: 22:40 BST, 23 August 2019 | Updated: 22:40 BST, 23 August 2019
Multiple Group One winner Roaring Lion has sadly lost his brave fight against colic.
The news that Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D’Allen also died emerged on Friday. The five-year-old was put down after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.
Roaring Lion was trained by John Gosden to win the Eclipse, Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last season.
Multiple Group One winner Roaring Lion has sadly lost his brave fight against colic
The son of Kitten’s Joy appeared to be on the road to recovery after twice undergoing surgery for colic in recent weeks.
Owned by Qatar Racing and housed at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire, Roaring Lion covered his first book of mares in the spring, but it was when he was shipped to New Zealand to stand at Cambridge Stud the problem first emerged.
In a statement, David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud said: ‘At approximately midday (GMT)/23.00 NZ today Roaring Lion was observed to be uncomfortable in his stable at Cambridge Stud. On examination by stud vet Rob Hitchcock, Roaring Lion was admitted to Cambridge Equine hospital.
‘There operating surgeons Dr Alanna Zantingh and Dr Greg Quinn performed ultrasound examination and at 14.45 (GMT) the decision was made on welfare grounds to put Roaring Lion to sleep.’
Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad tweeted: ‘I am obviously distraught about Roaring Lion, he was so brave right to the end.
‘He was a horse of a lifetime in all his characteristics I would like to thank everyone at the Cambridge Equine hospital and Cambridge Stud for all their efforts and professionalism to the end.’
The news that Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D’Allen also died emerged on Friday
Espoir D’Allen, winner of this year’s Unibet Champion Hurdle, was put down following an accident at Gavin Cromwell’s stables earlier this month.
The five-year-old took a fall when returning to the yard in County Meath from the gallops and was being treated in Fethard Equine Hospital.
Cromwell said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Espoir D’Allen had to be put down earlier today.
‘Following a freak accident two weeks ago, he was relocated to Fethard Equine Hospital. John Halley and his veterinary team deemed that it was inhumane to persist with treatment and, on their advice, we made the tough decision.’
Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: ‘He was only five and he’d had two fantastic seasons and it’s very tough for Gavin and everyone concerned with the horse.
‘He gave us some great days.’
A surprise 16-1 winner of the Cheltenham showpiece in March, when he was 15 lengths too good for Melon in the hands of Mark Walsh, Espoir D’Allen won eight of his nine starts over hurdles.