Coral-Eclipse: Roaring Lion beats Saxon Warrior after stewards inquiry at Sandown

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

"Masar remains a worthy favourite for the Coral-Eclipse following his Epsom success, but we've eased him to 6-4 following confirmation that his rivals will include another Classic-winning colt in Saxon Warrior, whose odds have halved from 8-1 for what promises to be a thrilling renewal of our flagship racing sponsorship", said Coral's David Stevens.

"Whenever a horse shifts off a line or anything small in a race, the stewards look into it", said the jockey who is regarded as one of the most gifted horsemen of his generation.

As for O'Brien, who also saddled third-placed Cliffs Of Moher, he believes a break will now be on the cards for the runner-up, who also finished third in last weekend's Irish Derby, ahead of an autumn campaign.

He said: "The head-on looks like they did come together". I was on the best horse in the race and I just had to get it right and not get there too soon. It was a very good run though and I'm delighted. It was fascinating tactics, and it got us in trouble - three wide and further back than we wanted, but if you drop in they put you in a box.

Saxon Warrior holds entries over various distances in races such as the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Sussex Stakes, the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes.

"It's a relief. I'm pleased for my family".


"This is at the top of my achievements".

"We will take him home and give him a nice break".

While this was a first Eclipse for Murphy, who is still growing in stature by the year, it was a third for John Gosden in the last seven runnings, following wins with Nathaniel in 2012 and Golden Horn in 2015.

" target="_blank">Keeneland September yearling sale, and is now owned by Qatar Racing Limited and trained by John Gosden. That gives me confidence before you start". I'm sure we'll see the second there and with any luck we'll see Masar there too. "He doesn't pull, and so he didn't need cover, but it very was good race riding from Wayne [Lordan, on Happily]". "That will be some horse race".

"I didn't have any excuses but at the same time he did back up quickly and I think it's massive for him to run so well".

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