AI­DAN O’BRIEN trainer of the In­vestec Derby hot favourite Saxon War­rior ex­pressed fears about the re­cent heavy rain at Ep­som.

“We’d like nice ground for our Derby horses as soft ground wouldn’t be ideal for any of them,” said O’Brien, who is ex­pected to have six run­ners in Satur­day’s race.

“We’ll see what hap­pens with the weather overnight and de­cide in the morn­ing how many of them will run.”

Ep­som clerk of the course An­drew Cooper was brac­ing him­self for more rain to­day and, de­spite the track be­ing free-drain­ing, ex­pects the ground to be good to soft at best on Satur­day.

John Gos­den, trainer of Roar­ing Lion, is also wor­ried about the ground for the sec­ond favourite.

“Soft ground is not ideal for Roar­ing Lion but it does drain well at Ep­som,” said Gos­den.

“So if it’s good to soft that would be okay as he’s han­dled that in the past.”

Gos­den is now toy­ing with the idea of run­ning Sevenna Star in the Ep­som Clas­sic.

“I wouldn’t think he’d han­dle some­where like Ep­som if it was quick ground as he’s a big horse,” added Gos­den. “But he might if it was very soft.”

The Sandown Clas­sic Trial win­ner is now 10-1 from 20-1 with Coral.

CON­CERNS: Saxon War­rior the Ep­som Derby favourite

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