High Definition Profile

Name High Definition
Born May 18, 2018
Age 3 years
Breed Bay Colt

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will have high hopes for High Definition in the Epsom Derby after two wins from three, although a third-place finish last time out does cause concern.

After winning the Curragh Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes, High Definition is one of the bookies' favourites for the 2021 Epsom Derby in June.

However, he disappointed last time out at odds of 13/8, losing to Hurricane Lane and Megallan in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.

Impressive beginnings

High Definition impressed in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh on August 22, 2020, finishing ahead of the promising Wordsworth and Flying Visit. Priced at 7/1, he covered the mile distance in 1m 45.95s, capping a strong performance by securing the lead in the final 50 yards.

The O'Brien horse continued his success at the Curragh the following month, securing the Group 2 Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes on more Yielding ground. Starting as the 9/5 favourite, he pipped Monaasib and Snapraeterea at the winning post by three-quarters of a length.

Things have not been as impressive in his three-year-old season though, with High Definition falling to fellow Derby contender Hurricane Lane in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York on May 13. Ridden by Ryan Moore for the first time, he struggled to deal with the step up in distance, being outpaced and then losing ground to Hurricane Lane three furlongs out.

Although he finished behind Hurricane Lane, the odds are currently in High Definition's favour for the Epsom Derby, where he is priced at 9/2 with Paddy Power.

High Definition's connections

Trainer Aidan O'Brien was born to parents Denis and Stella, who were small scale horse trainers in the townland of Killegney, Ireland.

O'Brien began working with horses after he took over from his wife in 1993 at Piltown, County Kilkenny. O'Brien was championship Irish National Hunt Trainer in the 1993/94 season and went on to win the prize over the next five seasons, with his most famous horse during this period being Istabraq.

St Nicholas Abbey trainer Aiden O'Brien and jockey Johnny Murtagh celebrate with the Trophy after their victory in The Racing Post Trophy during day two of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster.

In 1996, he was approached by John Magnier to train at Ballydoyle where he would continue his success. Having won his first classic in 1997 - the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Desert King - O'Brien embarked on a remarkable career, winning top races in Ireland, the UK, France, Hong Kong, Australia, the US and the UAE among others.

In 2016, O'Brien's horses won a record seven races at Royal Ascot while in 2017, he trained a world record 28 Group or Grade 1 winners in the same calendar year, smashing Bobby Frankel's 2003 total of 25. As of 2020, he is also the most successful trainer in the Epsom Derby, having won the race eight times.

Winning jockeys Wayne Lordan and Seamie Heffernan had High Definition's first successes at the Curragh in 2020.

Jockey Ryan Moore led him to a third place finish at York in May. Moore has a very impressive pedigree, having won over 1,000 races. He has had significant global success, winning the 2,000 Guineas (2015, 2017), the 1,000 Guineas (2012, 2015, 2016, 2020), the Epsom Derby (2010, 2013), the Epsom Oaks (2010, 2016, 2020), the St Leger Stakes (2017, 2018) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009, 2016).

He has also won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice (2010, 2016), the Japan Cup in 2013, the Melbourne Cup in 2014 and four Breeders' Cup Turf titles (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015).

High Definition's pedigree

High Definition was sired by the famous Galileo, with his Dam being Palace.

Galileo enjoyed a wide range of success throughout his racing career. He is best known for winning The Derby, the Irish Derby Stakes, and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001, as well as for his rivalry with the Godolphin champion Fantastic Light. He was named the European Champion three-year-old colt of 2001.

Palace's record is more mixed, but on the flat she does have a record of two wins and two seconds from 11 races in 2014.

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