Saxon Warrior Aiming For Triple Crown Glory
You could say that it’s extremely early to even be thinking about the Triple Crown, so in many respects mentioning it could be deemed somewhat premature by many. However, that’s precisely what Saxon Warrior’s trainer Aiden O’Brien has done just over a week after the horse, ridden by O’Brien’s son Donnacha, cruised to the front in the 2,000 Guineas and then went on to secure victory by a length and a half.
Saxon Warrior is the son of Deep Impact and he is likely to be one of a potential six runners that O’Brien sends to the Derby at Epsom on June 2nd. As things stand, Saxon Warrior is odds on to win the race, especially with his form of four wins from four, which includes the 2,000 Guineas victory. Young Rascal, Hazapour and Masar are seen as Saxon Warrior’s main competition but if the betting is anything to go by, it should be a race O’Brien’s main hope wins comfortably. This has been confirmed by long standing brands like Betpoint as well as on-course bookmakers, who expect no upsets in this race.
If the 3-year-old does manage to secure victory at Epsom, it would be two rounds of the Triple Crown ticked off the list, with only the St Leger at Doncaster left, which will take place on the 15th of September. No horse has been able to win the Guineas, Derby and the St Leger since Nijinsky did so back in 1970; but O’Brien did manage to come close six years ago with Camelot.
Camelot had managed to win both the 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby, and while he was seen as the 2/5 favourite at the St Leger, it was 25/1 shot Encke who went on to win the race in dramatic fashion. O’Brien will certainly be looking for better luck this time around as he looks to become the first trainer in nearly fifty years to guide a horse to Triple Crown Glory.
Speaking about Saxon Warrior O’Brien said, “If there’s a chance we had a Triple Crown horse, this was always going to be the horse.” He went on to add, “That’s why we started him off in the Guineas. We are still alive and kicking after the first round.” While O’Brien does have other runners pencilled in for the Epsom Derby which include the likes of Delano Roosevelt and The Pentagon, the hope will be that Saxon Warrior can deliver on his favourite tag and leave himself with only one more race to win in the hunt for the Triple Crown.
Across the pond in America, Justify is in the same position as Saxon Warrior. He won the Kentucky Derby and now will head to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in just a few days as he looks to make it two from two in the running for Triple Crown success. Many are tipping him to win that race, with his biggest test coming in the final round so to speak at the Belmont Stakes. While Justify really is a rare talent, it remains to be seen as to whether he has the physical capability to cope with the demands of chasing Triple Crown glory.