Saxon Warrior gives O'Brien his record 26th G1 winner of 2017

Filed on 30 Oct 2017 @ 14:22

Aidan O'Brien saddled his 26th Group One winner of 2017 when Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) won the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday. The win gives the Ballydoyle trainer the record for the highest number of wins at the highest level in a calendar year, beating the previous mark of 25 set by Bobby Frankel in 2003.

Saxon Warrior cruised to the front two from home, but had to dig deep to get the better of Roaring Lion, who burst from the pack and briefly moved a length clear.

O'Brien told ITV Racing: "I'm delighted and delighted for everybody. There's a lot of hard work put in by a lot of people in Ballydoyle and Coolmore.

"It's unbelievable really. There are so many people who put in so much hard work day in, day out. If I start mentioning people, I'd forget somebody. They know who they are.

"It's a privilege to be working with such special people. We're in a very lucky position and we're a small link in a big chain."

Of Saxon Warrior, the trainer added: "He travelled very strong and Ryan gave him a brilliant ride.

"When John's horse went by him you thought he was beaten, but he found plenty and we're delighted."

O'Brien added: "You're always afraid when you want something to happen, it doesn't happen.

"I couldn't believe it when this horse came back. When John's horse came by him I said 'that's it, he'll be second', but Ryan really conjured a new run out of him.

"It's been a funny year really. A lot of horses have progressed and progressed. There were so many horses like that, it was unusual.

"A lot of very well-bred horses just got better and better. The lads have an unbelievable band of mares and stallions and there are a lot of horses with blue chip pedigrees.

"The genes are obviously there if you can get them to fire up."

Filed on 30 Oct 2017 @ 14:22