Kew Gardens To Upset Stablemate Saxon Warrior In Irish Derby

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Aidan O’Brien is responsible for six of the fourteen horses still in contention for Saturday’s Irish Derby including hot favourite Saxon Warrior but the value could lie with the market leader’s stablemate Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens – 12-1 with boylesports. 5.15pm Curragh. Saturday 30th June.

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Fourteen horses remain in contention for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh and, as expected, the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien dominates the entries for the mile and a half Classic with a possible six contenders including Saxon Warrior who is no bigger than 4-7 to get back to winning ways after failing to land odds of 4-5 in the world’s most famous Flat race at Epsom earlier this month.

The son of Deep Impact deserves to head the betting following his Qipco 2000 Guineas victory and the fact that only Dee Ex Bee of the three horses in front of him at Epsom renew rivalry with the winner Masar and third Roaring Lion heading to Sandown next weekend for the Coral Eclipse. At such a short price however the likely mount of Ryan Moore has to be taken on and at the 12-1 available with boylesports the value has to lie with Saxon Warrior’s stable companion Kew Gardens.

The Galileo colt could never get to grips with the enterprisingly-ridden Knight To Behold in the Lingfield Derby Trial prior to acting as pacemaker for Saxon Warrior at Epsom, eventually trailing in ninth after making most of the running until the two furlong marker. Given the chance to run on his merits in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last week the 100-30 chance came with a steady run to hit the front going inside the final furlong, coming home by a comfortable four and a half lengths from stablemates Southern France and Nelson.

While that race was over two furlongs further than Saturday’s contest the drop back in trip should not inconvenience Kew Gardens who is likely to have at least one pacemaker of his own on this occasion with any of O’Brien’s Delano Roosevelt, Nelson, Rostropovich or The Pentagon possible pace setters along with the Harry Dunlop-trained Knight To Behold. Best of the British challengers could be the supplemented Godolphin entry Old Persian, an 11-1 chance with Betfair Sportsbook.

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