Never out of the frame in 10 starts, The Last Lion began his racing career with victory in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster in early April and finished it just under six months later with a surprise three-quarter length defeat of Blue Point in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
I reviewed his pedigree in detail after that win, noting the presence of Group 1 winner and successful sire Myboycharlie (by Danetime) in a branch of the fourth generation of the family and arguing that as his pedigree gave him a chance of staying a mile next year, what would there be to lose to give it a go? It was something of a rhetorical question but I guess the answer is this: stallion fees.
He would, no doubt, have been a popular addition to the stallion ranks in 2018 regardless of how his three-year-old campaign turned out, but while his cohorts will be going the Commonweath Cup route or perhaps the Guineas route, he'll be working his way through his first book of mares at Kildangan Stud.
The son of Choisir (by Danehill Dancer) is by the sire of Group 1 star and Group 1 sire Starspangledbanner, he is a half-brother to the stakes-winning sprinters Contest (by Danehill Dancer) and Russian Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar), and he is out of Mala Mala (by Brief Truce).
That one-time scorer finished third in both the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, she is out of the four-time scorer Breyani (by Commanche Run), who stayed two miles, and so is a half-sister to the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Tarascon (by Tirol) and to the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Mister Monet (by Peintre Celebre).
THE LAST LION (IRE) – b.2014 – Choisir – Mala Mala, 4 wins inc Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), Sirenia Stakes (Gr3), Dragon Stakes (L), 2nd Flying Childers Stakes (Gr2), Norfolk Stakes (Gr2), Molecomb Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Gimcrack Stakes (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
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