Saxon Warrior & Roaring Lion: The Rematch
Saxon Warrior is on course to continue his rivalry with his Coral-Eclipse Stakes champion Roaring Lion in the Juddmonte International next Wednesday, when the 2,000 Guineas victor will lead Aidan O’Brien’s York team.
Just a neck behind Roaring Lion at Sandown and the pair are 3-1 and 5-1 respectively for the rematch, which will be their fifth encounter, each having twice beaten the other.
Talking on Tuesday, O’Brien recommended more could be expected at York from Saxon Warrior, who had a seven-day turnaround before the Coral-Eclipse.
O’Brien said: “It was a huge ask running him in the Eclipse only a week after running in the Irish Derby. We’ve been kind to him since and doing things very gently. He’s been coming along nicely.”
Could Saxon Warrior turn the tables on Roaring Lion once again? Or will the John Gosden trained son of Kitten’s Joy hold firm?
– Uncle Sam