By Racinguk.com staff
Roaring Lion is poised to warm up for the Qipco 2000 Guineas by running in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 19.
Last season’s narrow Racing Post Trophy runner-up is reported in fine order by John Gosden and is on track to make his seasonal debut in the renowned Classic trial.
Gosden said at Kempton on Saturday: «Roaring Lion is in great order. He worked nicely on Saturday.
«He is aiming for the Craven. It was always the plan to give him a run. He is a horse with a great constitution.
«We are at home at Newmarket and he has won over course and distance.
«It is a perfect start for him so, all being well, we want to run him in the Craven.
«There is quite a long way to the bottom of him.»
Roaring Lion, owned by Qatar Racing, is a general 7-1 shot about winning the first domestic Classic of the season.
Kings Shield set up a tilt at next month’s French 2000 Guineas after maintaining his unbeaten record with victory in the Betfred «Like Us On Facebook» Conditions Stakes.
Gosden’s son of Scat Daddy justified his 4-6 price-tag with a decisive length-and-three-quarter success under Oisin Murphy.
Watch how Kings Shield delivered at Kempton on Saturday
«He has done it well,» the trainer said. «They’ve gone no pace and crawled around the back. I was happy how he settled.
«I was hoping he would get a lead but we didn’t get one. It turned into a dash finish. It was a bit of French race as they all finished very close.
«I was delighted how he pulled a length and three-quarters at the end under hands and heels.
«I’ve not done a massive amount with him at home as he is a breeze-up horse so I’ve just kept him settled.
«He is in the French Guineas and that is very much what we have been talking about last week where we would like to go with him. I’ve got the opportunity to get another run in before France.»
Gosden is looking to give Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable her first run of the season in either the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.
The brilliant filly won five Group One races last term and the Newmarket trainer feels the timing of those two races give him the choice as a starting point.
Enable is set to reappear in the Tattersalls Gold Cup or the Coronation Cup (PA)
He said: «There are two races for her. If you have got these horses you don’t want to start them too soon.
«There is the end of May — the Tattersalls Gold Cup or the Coronation Cup at Epsom. It will be between those two races.
«She has got the entry in the Middleton (at York) and it is highly unlikely it will be used. It is there just in case.
«We are more looking at the end of May.»
Gosden is hoping his top-class colt Cracksman will make his seasonal debut in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp towards the end of the month.
«That is still the plan to go to the Ganay as long as we can get through all the French strikes which might be tricky!» he said.