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IRISH DERBY | High Definition aims for Classic glory at the Curragh

Aidan O’Brien’s colt aims to bounce back from his Dante defeat at the Curragh



High Definition ridden by jockey Seamie Heffernan wins The Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2) during day one of the Autumn Festival at Curragh Racecourse.
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After his late withdrawal from the Epsom Derby, High Definition will return to action in the Irish edition of the contest at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon.

The son of Galileo, who stormed to ante-post favouritism for the Derby after Aidan O’Brien’s bullish comments during the winter months, showed his ability and a wicked turn of foot on his two starts as a two-year-old.

WATCH: HIGH DEFINITION wins at the curragh [credit: racing tv]

The colt made his seasonal reappearance at York back in May, but he couldn’t justify the market support in the Dante as he finished third, two lengths behind Hurricane Lane (who also holds an entry in this contest).

O’Brien was happy with his performance, speaking to Racing TV after the result.

“We were happy with the horse. Obviously he didn’t have an ideal preparation, but we were very happy with his run.

“It probably wasn’t ideal for High Definition because in the position he was in, he was always going to be getting there late, but we were delighted with the run.”

Aidan O'Brien Trainer
Aidan O’Brien has eight entries in the Irish Derby at the Curragh

His trainer still holds the three-year-old in high regard and he leads the squad of Ballymore runners to compete in this contest.

Stablemates Sir Lamorak, Wordsworth, Arturo Toscanini, The Mediterranean, Van Gogh, Carlisle Bay and Matchless are all entered alongside him.

High Definition carries odds of 7/4 currently and could well land a maiden Grade 1 success here.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.