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BRILLIANT 2,000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior has been retired.

Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old finished second in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday behind Roaring Lion, but suffered a tendon injury in the race.

 Saxon Warrior has been retired

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Saxon Warrior has been retired

He emerged as a top-class colt when winning the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at the end of last season, beating Roaring Lion in the process.

He then made his reappearance in May when he landed the 2,000 Guineas.

Sent off odds-on favourite for the Derby, he could only finish fourth and was then beaten in the Irish equivalent.

He ran much better when second in the Coral-Eclipse to Roaring Lion, but was then badly struck down by the virus which hit O’Brien’s yard in the summer.

Down the field in the Juddmonte International on his first run back, a race also won by Roaring Lion, he improved markedly on that effort at the weekend, but was yet again behind John Gosden’s colt.

Coolmore tweeted: “Unbeaten G1 winning 2YO & Classic winning 3YO Saxon Warrior has been retired after suffering a tendon injury in yesterday’s G1 Irish Champion Stakes.”

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