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O'Brien sure Warrior's spirit can secure Irish Derby success


Trainer Aidan O'Brien
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Aidan O'Brien feels Saxon Warrior will be much more at home at the Curragh when he bids to restore his reputation in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby today.

The Ballydoyle handler expects the Qipco 2000 Guineas winner to find the more straightforward track playing to the horse's strengths, whereas Saxon Warrior was caught out by the switchback course at Epsom.

The son of Deep Impact lost his 100 per cent record and the chance of a crack at the Triple Crown when only fourth to Masar.

O'Brien said: "He was a bit babyish at Epsom and a bit taken back by the track. He'd always run on very uncomplicated tracks, and that was the first time he had to encounter anything like that.

"(Jockey) Ryan (Moore) said he was a little bit at sea coming down the hill and a bit unsure of himself. It was the same when he came into the straight, he never really got himself organised but he kept going.

"Everyone knows the Curragh is probably the fairest track in the world, and physically and mentally we are very happy with him and we think he should have learned a lot.

"The lads always do a beautiful job with the ground at the Curragh."

CURRAGH: 1.40 Mount Tabora, 2.15 Move In Time, 2.50 Smash Williams, 3.25 I'm So Fancy, 4.00 Dianthus, 4.35 Invasion Day, 5.15 Old Persian, 5.55 Low Sun.

CHESTER: 1.55 Iron Sky, 2.30 Confessional, 3.05 Crossing The Line, 3.40 Blyton, 4.15 Ice Canyon, 4.50 Acclaim The Nation, 5.25 Master Archer.

DONCASTER: 6.00 King Of Nepal, 6.30 Chains Of Love, 7.00 Tashaaboh, 7.30 Makanah, 8.00 Firmdecisions, 8.30 Princess Nearco, 9.00 Sellingallthetime.

LINGFIELD: 5.40 Zarrar, 6.15 Viewpoint, 6.45 Rayita, 7.15 Implicit, 7.45 Roundabout Magic, 8.15 Whitecrest, 8.45 Baby Gal.

NEWCASTLE: 12.20 Shanghai Glory, 12.55 Kimberella, 1.30 The Grand Visir, 2.05 LAGOSTOVEGAS (NAP), 2.40 Belisa, 3.15 Florencio, 3.50 Little Legs, 4.25 Light Of Joy.

NEWMARKET: 1.10 Ellheidi, 1.45 Tabarrak, 2.20 Moyassar, 2.55 Second Step, 3.30 Gather, 4.05 Zain City, 4.40 Considered Opinion.

WINDSOR: 1.50 Firelight, 2.25 Ambroise, 3.00 North Korea, 3.35 Canberra Cliffs, 4.10 Oh This Is Us, 4.45 War Glory, 5.20 Thistimelastyear.

YORK: 1.35 Royal Big Night, 2.10 Castle Hill Cassie, 2.45 Voyager Blue, 3.20 Wissahickon, 3.55 Parting Clouds, 4.30 Paddy Power, 5.00 Framley Garth.

DOUBLE: Lagostovegas and Tabarrak

Belfast Telegraph

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