Game Masar finishes third in 2,000 Guineas

Dubai: Experience over distance can be critical when it comes to winning races and Saxon Warrior, who has been solely campaigned over the 2,000 Guineas (G1) mile, gave credence to that theory when storming home a big winner of the first Classic of the British season at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday.

Ridden with supreme confidence by Donnacha O’Brien, for his trainer father Aidan O’Brien, Saxon Warrior boldly bolted up the famous Rowley Mile course to authoritatively see off some high-quality rivals that included favourite Masar, who was bidding to win a fourth Guineas for Team Godolphin..boxed {padding: 5px;margin: 5px;float: right;width: 200px;}£ 500,000
is the prize money for the 2,000 Guineas, the first Classic of the British flat-racing season, with £283,550 going to the winner of the race.

Masar, who appeared to run out of his skin when asked for his effort by jockey William Buick, finished third, a head behind the 50/1 outsider, Tip Two Win.

Saxon Warrior, a son champion Japanese racehorse Deep Impact, brought up a landmark 300th Group 1 winner for O’Brien and a ninth 2,000 Guineas trophy.

Donnacha told ITV Racing: “A huge thanks to all the owners for giving me the chance to ride him and especially to dad for the faith in putting me on him in the first place.

“It’s very special. Obviously, I’m winning this race and riding in big races because of the position I’m in. I’m just very grateful.

“He’s a very good horse, he’s a proper horse.”

A huge thanks to all the owners for giving me the chance to ride him and especially to dad for the faith in putting me on him in the first place.It’s very special.”

 – Donnacha O’Brien | jockey, Saxon Warrior  

Joseph O’Brien, Donnacha’s elder brother and jockey-turned-trainer, said he was delighted to see another member win the Guineas.

“It’s very special and I’m so happy for Donnacha,” said Joseph, who won the race in 2012 aboard Camelot.

Paul Smith, son of Saxon Warrior’s co-owner Derrick, said: “It was really eyecatching, Donnacha couldn’t speak too highly of him. He said when he quickened it was all over in a flash.”

Buick spoke highly of Masar and described his effort as a ‘really good run.’

“He too everything in well and did everything right,” said the jockey. “It was a fair run Guineas and I suppose the best horse on the day, won.

“But I’m very pleased with my horse. I think he’s a great athlete who has a very bright future.”

 He took everything in well and did everything right. It was a fair run Guineas and I suppose the best horse on the day, won. I’m very pleased with my horse.”

 – William Buick | jockey, Masar  

Elarqam, representing Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, finished fourth under Jim Crowley, while Cardsharp, owned by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, was 11th of 14.

Although victory in the big race eluded Appleby, he won two other races on the card with Oasis Charm (Sring Lodge Stakes) and Tribal Quest (Hot Streak Handicap).

There was also success for Derby-winning Shaikh Mohammad Obaid Al Maktoum when Dafoe landed the Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2).