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Saxon Warrior was among the top two-year-olds of 2017 when he won all three of his races and he wasted no time making an impact in the 2018 QIPCO British Champions Series – storming to victory in the QIPCO 2000 Guineasdwztfrzwyfszfdtesseaszdqsucrrftarr.
Sent off 3-1 for the first Classic of the year and ridden by trainer’s son Donnacha O’Brien (Ryan Moore being on duty aboard Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby), Saxon Warrior was always travelling strongly and won by a length and a half from Tip Two Win.
The winning jockey said: “He travelled beautiful and I thought we were the winner the whole way. I probably got a bit excited at the two pole when I gave him a squeeze a bit early.
“He’s an absolute monster of a horse so you never know, he could improve again. I was very impressed, I thought he was a very good horse even on his homework, we’ve made no secret of it, and I think he’s very, very good.”
A son of Japanese middle-distance champion Deep Impact, out of Galileo mare Maybe, herself was a Group 1 winner for Coolmore, Saxon Warrior had plenty going for him before he even set foot on a racecourse.
And he already had one claim to fame before his 2000 Guineas success – his tenacious victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster providing Aidan O’Brien, his trainer, with his record-breaking 26th Group 1 winner of last year.
It will be a surprise if Saxon Warrior does not continue to make an impact at the highest level during the months ahead and after his Newmarket win he was quoted at a general Evens for the Investec Derby.
Before his battling success at Town Moor, at the main expense of Royal Lodge winner Roaring Lion, he had shown a striking turn of foot to win on his debut in a mile maiden at the Curragh before following up in the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at Naas.
“He’s a very special horse, we think,” O’Brien said after his victory at Town Moor. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and he’s only been a baby. I’d say there’s no doubt he’ll be better on better ground.”
Try and get to see him in the flesh before the year is out.
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