Oct 9 2020 O'Shea with chances in Spring Champion
When John O'Shea went to the yearling sales 18 months ago intent on buying the progeny of Group 1 winner Contributer (High Chaparral), one colt stood out, and now that horse is one of two the trainer has in tomorrow’s Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m). O’Shea trained Contributer during his time at the helm of Godolphin and when he saw Lion's Roar, he did a double take. "He looks exactly the same. He is a deep bay, he's got a big, deep girth and he's got a bit of character about him," O'Shea said. "He is just a replica of his father." Lion’s Roar was scratched from the Gloaming Stakes (Gr 3, 1800m) after he had a reaction which required treatment, forcing him to run last Saturday at Newcastle and he duly won. O'Shea says the hiccup has had no bearing on the three-year old's Spring Champion preparation and he is surprised by his $18 quote. "It's hard to work out because the other day he was going to start 7-2 behind Love Tap in the Gloaming and he's subsequently come out and won when he was $1.70, so there you go," O'Shea said.
He is also happy Lion’s Roar’s stablemate Socrates (Tavistock) ($34) is going the right way after breaking his maiden over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange last start. "He is raw but if ever there is a horse with the pedigree to win a Spring Champion it's this horse," O'Shea said. "He's got a magnificent pedigree (being out of O’Reilly mare Tricia’o) and the first time we asked a question of him, which was at Kembla, he responded.
They're both really nice horses. Their main targets since early in the year was to run well in the Spring Champion so we're really happy with where they have ended up."