Saxon Warrior red-hot favourite for Irish Derby

Saxon Warrior is odds-on favourite to land the Irish Derby this weekend.

The 2,000 Guineas winner is ready for the Curragh classic and trainer Aidan O’Brien is hopeful he can bounce back from his Derby loss at Epsom.

“He ran a great race at Epsom. He was a little bit at sea (on the track). He was a little bit babyish in his mind and found the whole experience different.” said O’Brien.

“Ryan (Moore) looked after him, which was the right thing to do and he came out the race very well, which the main thing.”

He added: “We think he will have grown up and learnt a lot for that experience. I think the track at the Curragh will be better for him. I think Epsom would be fine for him if he was to go back there again. He was just a little bit at sea and was still a bit of baby last time.

“He had three soft runs at the backend last year and he didn’t learn an awful lot. The tracks were all easy tracks he raced on. We think the experience at Epsom would have done him the world of good.

“His work is finished now and everything seems good. All his team are very happy and it is so far so good.”

Coral make Saxon Warrior 1/2 favourite to take the win at the Curragh.

“Although Saxon Warrior finished behind Dee Ex Bee in the Investec Derby, we very much favour the former to come out on top this weekend, with the Curragh expected to suit the Guineas winner much more than Epsom did,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

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