Coral Eclipse Betting: Saxon Warrior Worth a Follow

Ed Hawkins

Friday, July 6, 2018 12:14 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 6, 2018 12:14 PM UTC

Aidan O’Brien-trained horse looks value to bounce back at Sandown on Saturday.

<p>Saxon Warrior will get a shot at redemption in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday after trainer Aidan O’Brien confirmed his bruised contender would run in Thursday’s declarations. Odds are now up and Saxon Warrior may see support in the market at 3/1 with <a href="" rel="nofollow">Bet365 and William Hill.</a></p><p>Saxon Warrior, as is horse racing’s irksome habit, was supposed to be the next big thing and was tipped to win the first Triple Crown since Nijinksky. Those predictions have proved wildly inaccurate after he failed to win the Derby and was then beaten in the Irish equivalent last week.</p><p>Saxon Warrior had been odds-on for glory in the Derby and it is something of a fall from grace as he has been exposed as a pretender. Still, he remains the 2,000 Guineas champ and bad horses do not pick up that prestige cheque. There will also be those encouraged by his third place in the Irish.</p><p>O’Brien had delayed a decision on whether to run Saxon Warrior again so soon after a “very big race.” But his subsequent work has been spot on and the trainer has no concerns about fatigue.</p><p>The favourite is Derby winner Masar at 13/8 (<a href="" rel="nofollow">Bet365, William Hill</a>). Next best is Roaring Lion at 3/1 with the same firms.</p><p>The Roaring Lion camp are extremely confident about their charge. “He worked at Newmarket on Saturday and looks fantastic,” said advisor David Redvers. “He’s pleasing his trainer no end and we just have to hope he gets some luck in running.</p><p>“He showed in the Dante a mile-two is the trip that suits him ideally. We’ve just got to hope at that trip he’s a better horse than the Derby winner, and the only way to find out is to run at Sandown.”</p><p>Whether Saxon Warrior and Roaring Lion should be the same price is the value question. Saxon Warrior beat Roaring Lion in the Racing Post Trophy and battered him into fifth in the Guineas. Roaring Lion did finish ahead of him at Epsom, however.</p><p>Our suggestion is a <a href="" rel="nofollow">bet on Saxon Warrior.</a> O’Brien is far too canny an operator to put him in this race unless he was absolutely sure it was the right thing to do and he was confident of victory.</p><p>We expect two of his other horses, Happily and Cliffs of Moher, to pace set for the stable mate and also disrupt the plans of Roaring Lion, who O’Brien sees as the greatest threat. Roaring Lion will want a dash, but O’Brien is out to make sure that doesn’t happen.</p>
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