Roaring Lion is continuing his convalescence from double colic surgery and has left hospital, to return to Cambridge Stud, New Zealand.
Last year’s Cartier Horse of the Year is reported to be in a “fragile” state and is being monitored 24 hours a day.
Roaring Lion has been “bright, alert and eating well” since leaving the veterinary surgery.
Henry Plumtre, chief executive of Cambridge Stud, said: “Thanks to two world-class surgeons, Dr Alanna Zantingh and Dr Greg Quinn, and with our own vet Dr Rob Hitchcock assisting, we have managed to save Roaring Lion’s life and he’s on his way to a slow recovery. It has been a complex and challenging environment for everyone involved and we owe a massive debt of gratitude to the veterinary team, 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 added: “Roaring Lion’s 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.”