Tip For Saturday’s Epsom Derby: Lion To Roar Home In Saturday’s Derby At Epsom

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Roaring Lion – 6-1 with Betfair Sportsbook. 4.30pm Epsom Saturday 2nd June.

Following his victory in Newmarket’s Qipco 2000 Guineas the expectation is that the Aidan O’Brien-trained Saxon Warrior will go one better than the stable’s Camelot who, after winning the one mile Classic at headquarters, went on to take the Derby at Epsom before finding the Godolphin-owned Encke standing in his way of triple crown glory when finishing second to that horse in Doncaster’s St Leger back in 2012.

For a horse with a middle-distance pedigree ( by Deep Impact out of a Group 1-winning daughter of the great sire Galileo ) the unbeaten Saxon Warrior certainly deserves to be favourite for the world’s greatest Flat race on Saturday but at odds of 4-6 the mount of Ryan Moore is worth taking on with Roaring Lion from the John Gosden stable, despite the fact that the son of Kitten’s Joy has been beaten by the market leader on the two occasions they have met.


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A neck separated the pair in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October when, but for hanging left by the inexperienced runner-up in the closing stages, the result could have gone the other way.


What the result showed however is that there was precious little between both horses in their juvenile campaign, but whereas Saxon Warrior got off the blocks running in 2018 with his 2000 Guineas victory Roaring Lion has taken a little longer to reach the peak of his form.

Well beaten by Masar on his seasonal reappearance in Newmarket’s Craven Stakes when clearly far from race-fit the mount of regular pilot Oisin Murphy performed much better behind Saxon Warrior in the 2000 Guineas, beaten just over two lengths in fifth despite racing alone up the unfavoured stands-side. Stepping-up to one mile two and a half furlongs for the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on his most recent start Roaring Lion looked a totally different proposition, quickening clear of some talented rivals in the style of a potential Derby winner. Saxon Warrior may prove a tough nut to crack on Saturday afternoon but if any horse can prevent Ballydoyle winning the race yet again it is surely John Gosden’s runner.

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