Group 1 winning pair headed to Coolmore

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Significant strength has been added to the Coolmore Australia stallion roster with the arrival in 2019 of a pair of richly-bred Group 1 winning 2-year-olds.

Saxon Warrior (Jpn) is one of the best sons of the hugely influential Japanese sire Deep Impact (Jpn) while Mendelssohn (USA), a son of Scat Daddy {USA}), boasts an equally impressive race record and pedigree.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Saxon Warrior defeated multiple Group 1 winner Roaring Lion (USA) (Kitten’s Joy {USA}) in the G1 Racing Post Trophy to remain unbeaten as a juvenile.

In his classic year, he was victorious in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, again accounting for Roaring Lion as well as the subsequent G1 English Derby winner Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) and G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}).

“The genes are obviously there if you can get them to fire up.” - Aidan O’Brien.

“The lads have an unbelievable band of mares and stallions and there are a lot of horses with blue-chip pedigrees. The genes are obviously there if you can get them to fire up,” O’Brien said.

“He has the pedigree on top and bottom, so you couldn’t be happier with him. We always thought he could step up in trip.

The winner of four of his nine starts, Saxon Warrior is a son of Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), European Champion 2YO Filly of 2011 after going unbeaten in five starts at from 1200 to 1400 metres, including victory in the G1 Moyglare S.

It is also the family of the European Champion 3YO of the same year, Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) who won the G1 English Oaks and the G1 German Oaks.

“He has the pedigree on top and bottom, so you couldn’t be happier with him.” – Aidan O’Brien.

Multiple Group 1 winner and sire Dr Devious (Ire) (Ahonora {GB}) is also on the pedigree page, as are stallions Archway (Ire) (Thatching {Ire}) and Shinko King (Ire) (Fairy King {USA}).

Saxon Warrior

The US$3 million Keeneland September Sale topping yearling Mendelssohn won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and added the G2 UAE Derby the following season, careering away by 18 and a-half lengths in record time.

“That was an unbelievable performance. We weren’t sure how he would handle the distance, but you have to say he saw it out pretty well,” O’Brien said.

“He is very well bred, he has a great physique and you can see why he cost the lads a lot of money at the sales.”

“He is very well bred, he has a great physique and you can see why he cost the lads a lot of money at the sales.” – Aidan O’Brien.

A son of the stakes winning mare Leslie’s Lady (USA) (Tric ky Creek {USA}), Mendelssohn is a half-brother to 11-time Group 1 winner Beholder (USA) (Henny Hughes {USA}) and to the successful North American sire Into Mischief (USA) (Harlan’s Holiday {USA}).

Mendelssohn

“Saxon Warrior and Mendelssohn combine Group 1 winning excellence at two with remarkable performances at three,” said Paddy Oman, of Coolmore Australia Sales and Nominations.

“They are both by exceptional sires, have stallions’ pedigrees and will suit the Australian broodmare population.

“They’re two very exciting prospects and offer Australian breeders the best of international form and bloodlines”.

Saxon Warrior will stand for a fee of $24,750, while Mendelssohn will stand for $17,600.