Trainer Aidan O’Brien breaks Group One wins record

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O’Brien has been training racehorses in Ireland for 23 years

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien set a world record for top-level wins in a Flat racing year when Saxon Warrior won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Last weekend O’Brien drew level with American Bobby Frankel on 25 wins with Hydrangea’s victory at Ascot.

He twice came close to breaking Frankel’s record, set in 2003, when he trained 23 winners in 2001 and 2008.

O’Brien told ITV: “I’m delighted and delighted for everybody. It’s unbelievable really.”

He added: “There’s a lot of hard work put in by a lot of people in Ballydoyle and Coolmore. If I start mentioning people, I’d forget somebody. They know who they are.

“It’s a privilege to be working with such special people. We’re in a very lucky position and we’re a small link in a big chain.”

Saxon Warrior, the 13-8 favourite, beat Roaring Lion by a neck with another O’Brien-trained colt, The Pentagon, third.

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