Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior head to Juddmonte International

Saxon Warrior (far side) does battle with Roaring Lion in the Eclipse
Saxon Warrior (far side) does battle with Roaring Lion in the Eclipse

Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior, first and second in the Coral-Eclipse, are on course for a rematch in the Juddmonte International at York later this month.

The pair have clashed on three other occasions, Saxon Warrior coming out on top in both the Racing Post Trophy and QIPCO 2000 Guineas before he finished a place behind Roaring Lion when fourth to Masar in the Investec Derby.

A fifth meeting is on the cards too with the colts among 49 entries for the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

David Redvers, racing and bloodstock manager to owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing, said, “Roaring Lion will have both the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the QIPCO Champion Stakes as options. He’ll be running in the Juddmonte International at York next, and then we will have to discuss his autumn campaign.”

"Saxon Warrior stayed on strongly in the Eclipse at Sandown last time and ran a good race," said the trainer. "At the moment, we're looking at the Juddmonte International at York for him next and then we will have a better idea of which route to take afterwards. He has entries in both the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the QIPCO Champion Stakes and could go for either race."

Roaring Lion is 9/4 joint-favourite with Sky Bet for the York showpiece alongside Poet's Word. Saxon Warrior is a 9/2 chance.

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