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Saxon Warrior on course for Triple Crown bid at Epsom
From William Porter: May 2018

The Epsom Derby is one of the biggest international races on the flat calendar and many Australians tune in to the British Classic in the early hours of the morning every year to see the leading three year old colts in Europe battle it out in the 2400 metre contest.


Donnacha O'Brien via Twitter

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien broke the world record last year for the most Group/Grade One victories in a calendar year with 26 wins and this season has already started well for the Ballydoyle man with success coming in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

O'Brien is the best trainer in the world at the moment and is not afraid of taking horses to Australia, Japan and the United States in a bid to win the major international races. He could be set for his fifth victory in the last seven years in the Derby next month as Saxon Warrior looks to be the horse they all have to beat.

Connections of Saxon Warrior are already getting excited about their horse producing something special this season as there is talk about the colt going for the Triple Crown. The son of Deep Impact showed his speed in the 2000 Guineas as, under the hands of Aidan's son Donnacha, he hit the front with 200 metres to go at Newmarket where he looked to stay on strongly inside the closing stages of the British Classic.

Saxon Warrior can be backed at 10/11 in the horse racing betting for the Derby, which is the second leg of the Triple Crown. It was following his victory in the Group One Racing Post Trophy last season at Doncaster that colt was well backed to score at Epsom.

Ryan Moore is likely to return to ride Saxon Warrior in the Derby. The leading jockey missed the ride at Newmarket in the 2000 Guineas as he opted to travel out to the United States to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Moore rides Epsom better than any other rider in the sport today, therefore, it will be a huge boost for connections of the horse to have the former Champion Jockey back.

If successful in the Derby, Saxon Warrior is more than likely going to line up in the St Leger at Doncaster, the final leg of the Triple Crown. The last Classic of the season is a stamina test over 2000 metres and it was the race in which Camelot fell short six years ago when he finished second. O'Brien has been desperate to win all three Classics in one season and his long wait could be set to come and end this year.

Nijinsky was the last colt to win the Triple Crown in 1970. Many horse racing fans in the UK consider the horse to be the greatest of all time following his rare achievement. If Saxon Warrior can join the history books, he will prove to be a very versatile runner and could even go down as the best O'Brien has ever trained.

 


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