O’Brien happy with Saxon Warrior ahead of the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on June 2

Aidan O’Brien spoke at length this morning about the talent at his disposal, including star Saxon Warrior, who heads the betting for the G1 Investec Derby, Britain’s greatest and richest race, on Saturday, June 2, during a media trip by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Investec to the iconic Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary, Ireland. Unbeaten in four starts, Saxon Warrior returned to action this year with a decisive success in the first British Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5,…

A week of Investec Derby trials to look forward to – Wax And Wane goes to Lingfield Park on Saturday

  The build-up to the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs intensifies this week with recognised trials on both sides of the Irish Sea at Chester, Lingfield Park and Leopardstown.   Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore partners Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, who are already responsible for unbeaten Investec Derby favourite Saxon Warrior, who was bred in Japan and is by Deep Impact, will be strongly represented in all the trials.   Saxon Warrior, the Evens market leader with…

Three-time winner Caspian Prince among entries for Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ as Attwater targets spoils with Just That Lord

Caspian Prince is one of three past winners among the 42 entries for the £100,000 Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ Handicap (3.45pm) over the world’s fastest five furlongs at Epsom Downs on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 2. Caspian Prince, a 14/1 chance with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, has won three of last four renewals of the prestigious and valuable handicap, with each success coming for different trainers in Tony Carroll (2014), Dean Ivory (2016) and Tony Coyle (2017). The nine-year-old, who…

Crossed Baton made all in Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom Downs today to complete Gosden/Dettori four-timer

           Newmarket trainer John Gosden and Frankie Dettori enjoyed four a row in the £50,000 Investec Blue Riband Trial when Crossed Batonmade all to win the newly-promoted Listed mile and a quarter event at Epsom Downs this afternoon. If Crossed Baton, the 11/4 victor, proves anywhere near as good as Gosden’s 2017 winner Cracksman, then connections will be pleased. He would have gained a wildcard entry into the premier British Classic and Britain’s richest race, the £1.5-million G1 Investec Derby, run over…

Gosden, Fabre and O’Brien runners among 19 entries for Investec Blue Riband Trial

Epsom Downs opens its doors for the first time in 2018 with the Investec Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, when the highlight is the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial (2.45pm, 19 entries) for three-year-olds. The trial for the Investec Derby, run over 10 furlongs, is promoted to Listed status this year and has a new name. This year’s renewal of the Investec Blue Riband Trial will be run in memory of the late Anthony Cane, who died on January 29, 2018, aged 69,…

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