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Superlative option for unbeaten juvenile Lion Of War

Next month’s Superlative Stakes at Newmarket is a potential target for Lion Of War after he maintained his unbeaten record in spectacular style at Newcastle on Thursday.

Less than a fortnight after making an impressive debut at Leicester, the Mark and Charlie Johnston-trained colt put his rivals to the sword at Gosforth Park to double his tally with a 10-length success.

Despite being a son of Qatar Racing’s four-time Group One winner Roaring Lion, who died of colic two years ago, Lion Of War was snapped up by the team’s racing manager David Redvers for the bargain price of 7,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October, which now looks money extremely well spent.

“He couldn’t do any more than he’s done the last two days. It’s impossible to gauge just how good he is, but all the signs are very promising,” said Redvers.

“He wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea walking towards them (at the sales), but was very like his dad from the side and had a huge amount of quality, so we decided to take a punt and it’s worked out.

“We’re looking at the Superlative, but there are lots of options in July and we’ve also got Goodwood as a possibility, so we’ll let Charlie and Mark fathom out what’s the best place for him.

“If he goes to Newmarket it would be three quick runs, but he seems to be handling it all and you could argue he didn’t really have a run at Newcastle – he just stretched his legs.

“It’s bittersweet with the Roaring Lion connection, but it’s wonderful.”

Shining Blue stays unbeaten with Newcastle victory

Shining Blue gave another idea of what the future may hold when extending his unbeaten record to three in the Jenningsbet Seaton Delaval Handicap at Newcastle.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained four-year-old was unraced at two and three, but is quickly making up for lost time.

He made a taking winning debut at Leicester before following up under a penalty at Ripon.

Starting life in handicaps off a mark of 94, which could hardly be said to be lenient, he had no trouble in disposing of some useful rivals under Danny Tudhope, winning at 8-13 by a length and a half.

“He’s a nice horse and he’s improving with every race,” said Bin Suroor.

“Today he won well, I thought he had improved from what I had seen at home and he was clear at the end. I’ve always liked him.

“That was his third run, he might just have an easy time now before we look for another race for him. He’s a horse for the future and I don’t want to put too much pressure on him, just let him find himself.

“There are no plans. He’s won a handicap there so maybe we’ll look at a Listed race next. He’ll probably be rated around 100 after that.

“Danny rode him well, he had ridden him once before so he knew him. The pace suited him today so he looks a nice horse.”

Shining Blue holds entries in the Group Two Lennox Stakes and the Golden Mile at Goodwood, but Bin Suroor was in no rush to commit either way.

“A mile looks his trip for now but in the future maybe he can go further, he might get a mile and a quarter. He showed speed there but the way he works he could go 10 furlongs,” he said.

“He’s got entries at Goodwood, but I want to see how he is in a week. If he’s fresh and happy we might look at them, but if not we’ll ease off before looking for another race.”

Lion Of War looks an exciting prospect
Lion Of War looks an exciting prospect (Tim Goode/PA)

Elsewhere on the card, the Mark and Charlie Johnston-trained Lion Of War almost certainly earned himself a step up in class a facile success in the Pertemps Riverside Restricted Novice Stakes.

Running in the Qatar Racing colours and a son of the late Roaring Lion, Cieren Fallon’s mount powered clear and was eased markedly in winning by 10 lengths as the 8-11 favourite.