Aidan O’Brien bids for a 15th win in the Irish Derby on Saturday afternoon with all hopes seemingly laying on the shoulders of Epsom no-show High Definition.
The Galileo colt was last seen finishing third in the Dante Stakes behind Saturday rival Hurricane Lane, with the pair now set to clash over the extended one-and-a-half mile trip at the Curragh this weekend.
Still a maiden, Mojo Star picked up the silver-medal on the Downs earlier this month for Richard Hannon and has now placed second on each of his three outings to date.
Martyn Meade’s Lone Eagle remains relatively unexposed, and his only defeat since debut arrived when he chased home the Derby hero and the recent King Edward VII successor in the Classic Trial at Sandown Park.
Jim Bolger has enjoyed a splendid campaign to date and the handler’s Irish 2,000 Guineas star Mac Swiney, who wasn’t disgraced up in trip in Surrey.
He saw off stable-mate and duel Group 1 victor Poetic Flare in County Kildare last month, form that now reads even better after that rival’s easy Royal Ascot romp a week ago, and returns to Ireland’s flat head-quarters in a bid to secure to Guineas and Derby double.
John Murtagh and Donnacha O’Brien saddle Earlswood and Fernando Vichi, respectively, with the remaining quartet representing Ballydoyle.