High Definition (left) winning the Group 2 Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Image: PA)
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Arturo Toscanini – Behind stablemate Wordsworth in Queen’s Vase but possibly better than finishing position suggests having been forced wide off the turn and running into some trouble in the straight. However, he looks all about stamina so drop back in trip a major concern.
Earlswood – Shaped like he was well worth a try over this trip when staying on nicely to beat Arturo Toscanini by almost two lengths in a Curragh Group 3 last month but he’s more exposed than many of his rivals and needs to find another chunk of improvement if he is to challenge here.
Fernando Vichi – Allowed to dictate when seeing off rivals in Leopardstown Group 3 earlier this month but that form well shy of what is required here.
High Definition – Lost unbeaten record in the Dante Stakes at York where he kept on well from off the pace having been caught out of his ground. Should be well suited by the galloping nature of the Curragh and very likely there is a good deal more to come from the son of Galileo after just three career starts. Loads of potential but, as things stand, he doesn’t bring the best form into the race.
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Hurricane Lane – Dante winner; undefeated going into the Derby at Epsom where he was beaten almost eight lengths into third. However, the son of Frankel didn’t look at ease on the downhill section of the track and it transpired afterwards that he lost both front shoes during the race, which raises the possibility that a bigger effort could still be possible. Can’t be written off.
Lone Eagle – Took his form to a new level when running away with the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood last month, where he revelled in the soft ground. Looks a strong stayer who could be a possible St Leger candidate later in the season but still has it to prove at Group 1 level and drying ground could also be an issue. Frankie Dettori booked.
Mac Swiney – Edged out subsequent St James’s Palace Stakes winner and stablemate Poetic Flare in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but couldn’t land a blow in the Derby, trailing in 11 lengths behind Adayar. Stacks of ability but still to prove this trip suits best.
Matchless – Well beaten by Earlswood in May and in the Hampton Court Stakes last time. Isn’t good enough and pace-making duties look on the cards.
Mojo Star – Yet to win in three starts but took form to a new level when chasing home Adayar in the Derby at Epsom, finishing three and a quarter lengths in front of Dante winner Hurricane Lane despite his trainer insisting afterwards that the horse didn’t handle Epsom’s undulations. That is the best form on the table here and nature of the Curragh track should suit so has to be a huge player.
Van Gogh – Group 1-winning two-year-old who fared much better in Irish Guineas than he did in the English version at Newmarket. Not seen to best effect from off the pace in steadily run French Derby last time but still has potential over middle distances and no forlorn hope here.
Wordsworth – Sent off favourite on all four starts so far and not finished out of the first two. Shaped like stayer when solid second in Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot (1m6f) so drop back in trip against classier rivals could find him out. Likely St Leger candidate for later in the season.