High Definition will come forward plenty from Dante third says Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien is convinced High Definition will improve considerably for his comeback at York last week and the master trainer thought there were more positives than negatives to be dissected from his Dante third.
High Definition spent all winter as ante-post favourite for the Cazoo Derby, but he missed his intended engagement in the Lingfield Derby Trial earlier in the month due to a blood disorder, and was usurped at the top of the market by Bolshoi Ballet following his stablemate's wide-margin win in the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
Just as was the case in his two races as a juvenile, High Definition found himself a long way back turning for home in the Dante, but he stayed on strongly to finish two lengths behind Hurricane Lane at the line, and O'Brien thinks you might just see a different horse at Epsom. He is a general 9-2 shot for the Derby, but 11-2 with Coral.
O'Brien said: "High Definition is good and came out of York well. He obviously hasn't done a lot since then, but he seems to be in good form at home. We were very happy with the run. You'd have to be very happy. Four days before the race he wasn't going to run at all so you'd have to be very happy with what he did. He will come forward plenty for it, there is no doubt about that. Ryan [Moore] was very happy with him.
"The pace kind of died a bit in the middle of the race and it might not have suited him as he is a strong stayer. He was only beaten a couple of lengths in the end and he wasn't stopping."
O'Brien has also revealed that the three horses who contested the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket – Van Gogh (eighth), Wembley (11th) and Battleground (13th) – are under consideration for the Tattersalls-sponsored Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Saturday.
The trainer said: "All the horses who ran in the English Guineas are under consideration for the Curragh. They haven't done an awful lot since Newmarket, but they all seem to have come out of the race well.
"You would imagine, given it was their first run at Newmarket, they would all come forward for it. It's funny, we've had horses before who have ran at Newmarket and ran very badly and then come back to the Curragh and been different horses. That has happened.
"It was their first run and it can be a a big shock to the system after going through a whole winter. Next thing they turn up at Newmarket on hard ground. It looks like it could be on the slow side at the Curragh."
O'Brien also reported that his Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas team would be headed by recent Leopardstown winner Joan Of Arc, with Empress Josephine also likely to take her chance.
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