No fairy tale ending for Saxon Warrior at Epsom

Virginia Santiago
June 5, 2018

Saxon Warrior, who had beaten Masar in the 2000 Guineas, had been the pre-event favourite to win the race. The jubilant winning trainer, Charlie Appleby, getting his first Classic success, said: "I've always said, when I started this job, I wanted to be the first to get a Derby victor in Godolphin blue".

Dee Ex Bee (20-1) was second, with 6-1 shot Roaring Lion third. "He said he would stay and William has given him a peach of a ride".

I was really taken with the way Hazarpour won the Derby trial at Leopardstown and Dermot Weld spoke very positively afterwards.

"These races are always tight - the victor got first run and I followed him through so I can't have too many excuses".

Masar is a homebred son of 2008 Derby victor New Approach, out of the Cape Cross mare Khawlah, who won the 2011 UAE Oaks Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G3) and UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2). "I've always said when I started this job I wanted to be the first person to have a Derby victor in Godolphin blue".

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"I'm just delighted to be here and part of it".

In terms of each-way value I think Masar is a fantastic price for Charlie Appleby.

In 1970, Nijinsky became the first horse in 35 years to win the English Triple Crown; 48 years on and we're still waiting for another.

"He looks the one, and all reports are very good about him too".

Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (left), Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (centre) and Charlie Appleby after Masar wins the Investec Derby during derby day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse. I've seen plenty of things come and go and fortunately when I was appointed trainer five years ago the goal was to have a Derby victor in the Godolphin blue.

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A repeat of that is unlikely, but one who I think is overpriced is Mark Johnston's DEE EX BEE at 25/1 with Star Sports.

"He stayed the trip, he travelled beautifully".

"Because of the camber he rolled on to the one on his inside, but he rallied again up the hill so it bodes really well for the future". It's my seventh or eighth Derby ride and I thought sometimes, 'Is it ever going to come?'

"I came here today very relaxed and just wanted the horse to do his best", he said.

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