Saxon Warrior tops 14 in contention for Derby honours

Aidan O’Brien has seven in the mix headed by 2000 Guineas hero

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Saxon Warrior is the star name among 14 confirmations for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

The son of Deep Impact is odds-on across the board for the premier Classic after extending his unbeaten record to four in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has seven remaining entries in all as he chases a joint-record seventh Derby success. The other Ballydoyle hopefuls are Delano Roosevelt, Kew Gardens, The Pentagon, Nelson, Rostropovich and Zabriskie.

Dermot Weld’s Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner Hazapour is the only other Irish-trained contender.

The home team is headed by John Gosden’s runaway Dante winner Roaring Lion, who finished fifth behind Saxon Warrior in the 2000 Guineas.

Masar, who was third in the 2000 Guineas, will bid to become a first Derby winner in the Godolphin colours for Charlie Appleby.

Chester Vase hero Young Rascal is a leading fancy for William Haggas and is set to renew rivalries with the Mark Johnston-trained Dee Ex Bee, who was runner-up on the Roodee.

Harry Dunlop’s Lingfield Derby Trial winner Knight To Behold and Gosden’s second runner Sevenna Star complete the potential field.

Saxon Warrior tops 14 in contention for Derby honours
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