Many people will be looking at Saxon Warrior as the horse to finally land the Triple Crown again and emulate the great Nijinsky. He has always had a big reputation and coming from his connections this further pushes his growing hype. Many punters will certainly be looking to support him at starsports.bet and they currently have him as the 5/6 favourite to land the Derby.
Saxon Warrior entered his three year old campaign unbeaten following three victories. This was firstly a maiden at the Curragh in which he was sent off at odds of 8/1. However he won comfortably by over 3 lengths firmly establishing himself as a really exciting horse to follow as Aiden’s horses always improve massively following their first runs.
Saxon was then pitched straight into a Group 2 with his reputation already starting to grow and was sent off at a shade of odds on. With Ryan Moore onboard he tracked the leaders and was ridden to lead entering the final furlong and kept on well to repel the challenge of stable mate Delano Roosevelt. This was another very eye catching performance and firmly stamped the horse down as the leading two year old in the yard.
His next and final start of his two year old campaign was in the Racing post trophy at Doncaster. This was also the horse’s first start in Group 1 Company but he was again subject to a lot of support and was sent off at odds of 13/8. He travelled powerfully through the contest making smooth headway to lead with just over two furlongs to go. However the Gosden trained Roaring Lion came with what looked a race winning move in showing a stunning turn of foot to lead inside the final furlong. Saxon Warrior picked up again and stayed on gamely to win by a neck. Looking back on the race now this was an incredible performance from the horse to get his head in front and just shows that his future clearly lies over further.
Entering the current three year old season for the horse his trainer had voiced his surprise at just how much the horse had grown. He claimed this was the biggest difference he had ever seen in a horse he has trained from their transition from a two to three year old. The horse however was still relatively unfancied on the build up to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. This changed on the run up to the race with a lot of money coming in for the horse days before the race and he was sent off the well backed 3/1 second favourite behind Masar.
This performance was really the first indication that they may have a real star on their hands, as the horse’s future clearly lies over further. He traveled effortlessly and was ridden to lead just over a furlong out. Saxon then ran on strongly under Donnacha O’Brien to win comfortably by just over a length from the 50/1 outsider Tip two win.
The horse will now head for the Derby as a strong favourite with defeat looking very unlikely. His trainer has warned his rivals that he will only improve on his first start of the season and if this is the case then Saxon could head to the third leg and try to do what his stable mate Camelot could not do and win the St Leger. This horse really does look a star in waiting and we could even see him tackle the older generation at the end of the season in the Gosden pair of Enable and Cracksman.