Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Brien Praises Group Effort as Record Tumbles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Brien Praises Group Effort as Record Tumbles

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HISTORY was made at Doncaster on Saturday when Aidan O'Brien broke the record for number of Group One wins in a year as Saxon Warrior enhanced his Classic credentials in the Racing Post Trophy. It has been on the cards for some weeks that the Ballydoyle handler would eventually break the late Bobby Frankel's mark of 25 set back in 2003 and having drawn level at Ascot last week, it was only a matter of time.

"It's incredible. I'm so delighted for everyone, I'm thrilled," said O'Brien.

"You just don't expect it, all you can do is your best. I feel so proud for everyone.

"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.

"It is so hard to win Group Ones that I never expect it. We've just got a great team, that's at the heart of it."

Entering the final furlong, Saxon Warrior was swamped by John Gosden's Roaring Lion but showed great tenacity to win going away at the finish.

He is as low as 4-1 for the Investec Derby, but O'Brien indicated afterwards he is also likely to run in the 2000 Guineas first.

He added: "Ryan (Moore) said he'd have no problem being a Guineas horse, so we could start off in that and go on, but there's plenty of stamina in his pedigree.

"He's obviously a very good horse and what he did today was battle, he fought back.

"I think he'll be comfortable at anything from a mile to a mile and a half. Ryan was adamant he had a miler's pace."

Moore was suitably impressed by the performance.

He said: "He's a beautiful horse and he gave me so much confidence the whole race.

"It wasn't going right, but he's very good and that's the difference - they're beautiful horses that are beautifully prepared.

"He's very good and when the other horse came, I hadn't asked my lad a question."

It was an eighth victory in the Racing Post Trophy having already won the St Leger there this season so O'Brien certainly enjoys his trips to Town Moor. …

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