Cambridge Stud reported on Friday afternoon that sire Roaring Lion (USA) returned to the Stud at 1.00pm on Thursday following two colic surgeries in the last ten days.
Roaring Lion was admitted to Cambridge Equine Hospital within minutes of arriving at Cambridge from quarantine on Saturday 27th July. He underwent immediate surgery which had to be repeated on Thursday 1st August to repair adhesions which had formed in his small intestine.
“Thanks to two world-class surgeons, Dr Alanna Zantingh and Dr Greg Quinn from Waikato Equine and with our own vet Dr Rob Hitchcock assisting, we have managed to save his life and he is on his way to a slow recovery," said Cambridge Stud CEO Henry Plumptre.
"It has been a complex and challenging environment for everyone involved and we owe a massive debt of gratitude to the veterinary team and the Cambridge Stud staff, led by Marcus Corban, who have ensured his survival.
"While he has a long road to travel, the beginnings of a recovery are complete and having him back at Cambridge signals the start of the next stage,” he said..
While Roaring Lion’s condition would be described as fragile, due to the two surgeries and resulting weight loss, he is clinically in good shape. Bright, alert and eating well. His recovery is being monitored 24 hours a day and he has done well since his return to Cambridge.
“We have found this week what Sheikh Fahad and David Redvers experienced with Roaring Lion last year on the racecourse, extraordinary courage, a will to win and an amazing constitution," said Plumptre.
"His demeanour remained calm at all times which was a major part of his immediate recovery. Our aim now is to slowly repair him back to full health, in order that he can return to the UK and continue his career.”
Cambridge Stud will continue updates on Roaring Lion until his departure in December.
Beyond happy to report that #RoaringLion returned home to @CambridgeStud today. 12 days after he initially became ill. In awe of the job done by everyone to save him and the courage of the horse himself. Not out of the woods yet but can see the tree line. #welcome home champ pic.twitter.com/a740q1rYeO— David Redvers (@dredvers) August 8, 2019