Arguably one of the most successful and talented juveniles of his generation in British racing, The Last Lion produced one of his best performances on the all-weather at Kempton in the form of the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes.
The then two-year-old had already claimed the Brocklesby Stakes and the Listed Dragon Stakes and he went off as the second favourite for the contest at the Surrey course.
Mark Johnston’s colt travelled well behind the leading Queensbrydge and he pushed his way in front with two furlongs remaining.
Joe Fanning asked for more from him approaching the final furlong and The Last Lion gamely responded, quickening clear of the remaining challengers to win by four lengths.
Johnston’s prospect would only race once more, causing a major upset when making all in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at a huge price of 25/1.
The Last Lion was snapped up by Godolphin at the end of the season and was immediately retired to stud.