Trainer Aidan O’Brien has revealed that he is happy with his horse Saxon Warrior despite a disappointing performance at the Juddmonte International Stakes, according to a report on the Racing Post.
The horse is ridden by O’Brien’s son Donnacha, who led the horse to an impressive victory at The Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on May 5th in Newmarket.
The trainer believes that there is still plenty more to come from Saxon Warrior and he is confident that the horse can prove its credentials very soon.
When speaking about Saxon Warrior’s performance, he said:
His action and everything was good. I was really happy. His work at home has always been very good but we’ve not seen that on the track on his last couple of starts. I hope he can show it at Leopardstown.
I’ve not lost faith in him, he’s a very good horse and I think he’ll prove that on his next few starts.
The spectators didn’t see the same Saxon Warrior at York as they did at Newmarket as he ran well below par, but O’Brien thinks that it was because of sickness.
He was very sick after Sandown. We knew he was only ready to start at York, but we needed to run him and get him going again. It was the first in a three-race programme we’ve mapped out, so it was important he went there.