Saxon Warrior tops final field of 12 for Derby

Saxon Warrior tops a field of 12 for Saturday’s Investec Derby at Epsom.

The 2000 Guineas winner sparked dreams of a Triple Crown bid at Newmarket and has been odds-on favourite to win the second leg ever since.

However, Aidan O’Brien has voiced concerns about the recent rain at Epsom as he goes in search of a record-equalling seventh blue riband.

O’Brien has also declared Delano Roosevelt, Kew Gardens, The Pentagon and Zabriskie.

Dermot Weld won his first Derby just two years ago with Harzand and has a close relative of the 2016 hero representing him this season in Hazapour, winner of the Derrinstown Stud Trial.

“Hazapour has an each-way chance, but I think it could be a really good renewal of the race,” said Weld.

“It could be a very exciting Derby. The word is that the favourite is an outstanding colt, and the horse that won the Dante (Roaring Lion) was very impressive.

“I’m happy with my fella. He’s so laid-back.

“I was satisfied with his work the other day, but Frankie (Dettori) was delighted.”

Roaring Lion is one of two runners for John Gosden with the rain persuading him to let Sevenna Star take his chance. He will be a first Derby ride for Robert Havlin.

Young Rascal, owned by Investec’s managing director Bernard Kantor, runs for William Haggas with Craven winner Masar aiming to be the first winner in Godolphin’s blue silks.

Harry Dunlop’s Knight To Behold was very impressive in the Lingfield Derby Trial and has his supporters while Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee completes the field. He will be ridden by champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

O’Brien’s Rostropovich and Nelson were the only horses not declared from the five-day stage.

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