Epsom Derby: Roaring Lion confirmed to race by trainer John Gosden

Epsom Derby: Roaring Lion confirmed to race by trainer John Gosden

Epsom Derby: Roaring Lion confirmed to race by trainer John Gosden
Roaring Lion Epsom Derby Date: Saturday 2 June Venue: Epsom: Time: 16:30 BST Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

Epsom Derby Roaring Lion Horse Racing Betting Odds:

Roaring Lion at 5/1 Saxon Warrior at 10/1
Odds correct as of 27/05/2018.

Roaring Lion, the current second favourite for the English Epsom Derby on 2nd of June has been confirmed as a certain runner by trainer John Gosden.

Watch Saxon Warrior take the Racing Post Trophy with Roaring Lion a close 2nd (2017).

The winner of last week's Dante Stakes was considered for the Prix du Jockey Club – France's equivalent of the Classic, a day later.

Aidan O'Brien's Saxon Warrior is the current odds-on favourite for the Epsom Derby horse race.

“He is in great form and I hope he can get involved with Saxon Warrior,” said Gosden. “We were pleased with the horse [after the Dante], he ate up. “The owner [Qatar Racing] is very keen that he goes for the Derby, so that is where he is going and I think that's the right call.”

Roaring Lion just lost by a neck to Saxon Warrior in last year's Racing Post Trophy at Newbury, which was a pivotal race for two-year-olds.

Howver so far this season, he was a disappointing third on his seasonal reappearance in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket. He then finished  fifth in the 2,000 Guineas at the same track behind Saxon Warrior.

However, Gosden hopes after the successful win at York that he can become challenger for his rival over the mile-and-a-half at Epsom.

Saxon Warrior is lining up to win the Epsom race and move closer to the British racing Triple Crown of the Guineas, Derby and St Leger, a feat not achieved since the great Nijinsky in 1970.

Speaking at the Breakfast with the Stars event at Epsom on Tuesday, O'Brien issued a positive update statement on the horse who is hoping to provide him with a seventh success in the Derby at Epsom.

“We are happy with Saxon Warrior and it's so far, so good with all the possibles,” he said. “We always thought he was a very high-quality colt and he's done everything right so far. “He's a very strong blend of Danehill, Galileo and Deep Impact. We haven't had anything like him before. He's exciting.”

Read more: bbc.co.uk

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