Saxon Warrior to bag Racing Post Trophy glory at Doncaster

Saturday 28th October, 2017 - 3:25pm Doncaster - Racing Post Trophy

Aidan O'Brien has a terrific chance of breaking Bobby Frankel's Group 1 record on Saturday, as the master of Ballydoyle unleashes a four-pronged attack at the Racing Post Trophy, which takes centre stage at Doncaster at 3:25pm, but there will be some lively rivals in what is a sensational finale to a fine Flat season.

  • Aidan O'Brien has trained 25 Group 1 winners this season
  • Saxon Warrior is ante-post favourite for next year's Derby
  • Verbal Dexterity won Group 1 National Stakes last time out

Saturday 28th October - 3.25pm OddsWon/LostBet
Racing Post Trophy    
Tips Saxon Warrior to win    Best Bet @ 15 / 8  

O'Brien Trio Set Standard

Having saddled 25 Group 1 winners this campaign, O'Brien will fancy landing that all-important 26th top-flight winner to surpass Frankel's record and in Saxon Warrior he will saddle next season's Investec Derby ante-post favourite, and the son of Deep Impact is the 15/8 market leader with Unibet for this contest.

An easy winner of a Curragh maiden, Saxon Warrior then went on to sparkle in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at Naas last month, and with Ryan Moore electing to partner this unbeaten juvenile then he could be a cut above his rivals here, and hand O'Brien a third Racing Post Trophy crown in seven years.

The Pentagon took two races to break his maiden tag, but the manner in which he won the Group 3 Tyros Stakes last time out showed that there's a lot more to come on the track, but at 5/1 with Paddy Power he could be a little skinny, now stepped up in trip, and the final O'Brien runner is a more attractive betting proposition, as Seahenge (11/1 with bet365) was a fine winner of the Champagne Stakes earlier in the season, but found life tough in the Dewhurst, but could bounce back here, and is the each-way play in the race.

Main Dangers To Ballydoyle Trio

Verbal Dexterity has some fine form, and the Jim Bolger-trained colt was last seen winning the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh, and if he can build on that then many will fancy getting stuck into the 7/2 available with bet365.

He beat The Pentagon in their maiden earlier in the season, so should be good enough to frank that form, and while this is a lot tougher than the National Stakes he is one runner that could become a real top-class colt over the next 18 months, and could put up the biggest challenge to Saxon Warrior.

John Gosden will aim to conclude a stunning season at Pattern company with a win here, and he saddles the unbeaten Roaring Lion, who narrowly won the Royal Lodge Stakes last time out, and he could be one that is another each-way candidate at 7/1 with Betfred bookmakers.

Best Of The Rest

Martyn Meade's Chilean was an impressive Listed winner last time out, and could play a notable role at 12/1 with bet365 if continuing on an upward curve, while the likes of Loxley (14/1) and Gabr (28/1) add significant depth to what should be a cracking contest on Town Moor.

2017 Racing Post Trophy Odds

Posted: Friday, 27th October 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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