Friday 21 September 2018

O'Brien is happy with 'Saxon' as he targets a 13th Irish Derby win


Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Aidan O'Brien bids to further cement his place in racing history with hot favourite Saxon Warrior leading a four-pronged attack as the Ballydoyle maestro eyes his 13th Irish Derby success at the Curragh today (5.15).

An impressive winner of the English 2,000 Guineas, Saxon Warrior lost his unbeaten record and a crack at the English Triple Crown when only coming home fourth behind Godolphin's Masar in the Epsom Derby four weeks ago.

This is no penalty kick, however, and O'Brien's star three-year-old will have to turn the tables on Epsom second Dee Ex Bee as Mark Johnston leads a strong raiding team in the €1.5 million showpiece.

Charlie Appleby saddles recent Royal Ascot scorer Old Persian while Frankie Dettori takes the mount on Harry Dunlop's Knight To Behold, but O'Brien is cautiously optimistic of success.

"Everyone here is very happy with Saxon. He was that bit babyish and green at Epsom, we'll learn more here," he said.

Irish Independent

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