Review Of Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas: Saxon Warrior 11-10 For Derby Following 2000 Guineas Victory

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Saxon Warrior – 11-10 with Betfair Sportsbook and Betfred. Epsom 4.30pm Saturday 2nd June

Newmarket’s Qipco 2000 Guineas provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a record-breaking ninth victory in the first Classic of the season on Saturday afternoon.

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The master of Ballydoyle took the race which dates back to 1809 for the first time in 1998 with King Of Kings, since when the one mile contest has proved lucrative for the Irish maestro and it must be long odds-on the great man reaching double figures for the race in the not too distant future.

Represented by three contenders in this year’s renewal bookmakers were unclear as to which horse was the stable’s first-string among Gustav Klimt and last season’s Racing Post Trophy winner Saxon Warrior. But the latter proved different class as the son of Deep Impact stormed through to hit the front inside the last two furlongs, the 3-1 chance coming home by a length and a half from 50-1 outsider Tip Two Win and 5-2 market leader Masar.

The mount of O’Brien’s 19-year-old son Donnacha is now unbeaten in four starts and will head to Epsom next for the Investec Derby for which the colt is a top price 11-10 with Betfred and Betfair Sportsbook to provide the trainer with a fifth victory in the world’s most famous Flat race in the last seven years.

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A win on the first Saturday in June is sure to lead to speculation of a Triple Crown bid, very nearly achieved by the stable’s Camelot who won the first two legs in 2012 before losing out to Godolphin’s Encke in the St Leger.

Of the beaten horses the fourth home Elarqam could renew rivalry with the winner at Epsom, taking in York’s Dante Stakes on route and Mark Johnston’s impeccably-bred son of Frankel can be backed at a massive 25-1 with William Hill and Paddy Power to come out on top in the mile and a half Classic, while the fifth horse Roaring Lion deserves plenty of credit for racing alone up the stands rail and looks just the type to land a big prize before the end of the season.

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