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High Definition Looks Sharp Ahead Of Derby Test

Published: 29th April 2021 14:25

High Definition goes into the 2021 Derby at Epsom as the ante-post favourite. The three-year-old will be bidding to give his trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-extending ninth success in the prestigious Flat race. The colt, who is a son of Derby winner Galileo, has not put a foot wrong on the track so far. He remains unbeaten after two starts, both of which have come to Ireland as a two-year-old.


The Ballydoyle colt made his debut at the Curragh last August. He finished that contest really strongly to get the better of his stablemate by less than a length. What was striking about the win was the way he was full of running after the finish line in the 1m contest.

O’Brien opted to step his colt up in class on his second outing. He prevailed in the Group Two Beresford Stakes, a race the trainer has often used for his leading colts. The well-bred horse justified going off as the favourite to strengthen his reputation. Going into the Derby this year, High Definition is 7/2 in the betting. The best odds for the horse and a detailed assessment of his chances can be found through the Beth Al betting tool. All the data on the colt will be used to assess how strong his chances are at Epsom and the algorithms will then come up with a prediction. Systems like this take these elements into account quickly and simplify the end experience for users.

Bigger Danger May Come From His Own Stable

High Definition is likely to be joined in the Derby by a number of his stablemates. O’Brien has more entries than any other trainer. He has won the race before with horses who weren’t considered his best chance leading into it.

Van Gogh, also trained by the eight-time winner, is second-best in the Derby betting. The three-year-old is the son of the US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. He entered the Epsom picture when he scored at Saint-Cloud in the Group One Criterium International. It took Van Gogh five starts to get off the mark in his career. He did so in a 7f contest at the Curragh. O’Brien’s runner does also have an entry in the opening British Classic of the year, the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Another horse with strong Derby claims from the Ballydoyle operation is Bolshoi Ballet. Unlike many of his rivals for the 1m4f contest at the Surrey course, he has had already had a run in 2021. He prevailed in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown, a race that took place over 1m2f.

O’Brien has revealed his horse is likely to appear in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown as his next assignment. That race has been won by Epsom winners Galileo, High Chaparral, while the likes of Yeats and Dylan Thomas have also been successful in the Irish contest.

With so many rods in the fire for the British Classics in 2021, it should be another strong year for the Irish trainer. At this stage, High Definition looks at the top of his pecking order but with so many leading three-year-old races to come over the next couple of months, that could soon change.

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