High Definition is clearly on the up
O'Brien colt arrives late for big win
HIGH DEFINITION tops the Derby betting for next year after a stunning last-to-first performance in the Beresford Stakes at a sun-drenched Curragh.
The Aidan O'Brien- trained 9/5 favourite seemed to arrive from Kildare Town under Seamie Heffernan having been last when turning for home.
At the two furlongs pole he was still out with the washing and touched 100/1 in running on Betfair. Even in the closing stages he looked set for, at best, third place as Monaasib eased into the lead for Declan McDonagh but the Ballydoyle colt steamed home for Heffernan to win by three quarters of a length from Monaasib, with early leader Snapraeterea third.
High Definition has been cut to 8/1 market leader, from 25s, for the Derby by Ladbrokes, but Paddy Power and Betfair go 12/1.
Incredibly O'Brien was winning the race for the tenth year in a row and said: "He's lovely, a big rangy colt, you think he's not getting there and then he's won easy. We'll put him away now and he will start next year in a Guineas but looks a middle distance horse."
Alcohol Free, a topical tip in Dublin, was a sobering result for the bookies in the Cheveley Park when booted home by Oisin Murphy having been hammered in from 7/1 to 7/2.
The Ken Condon-trained Miss Amulet ran a cracker in second half a length behind with Umm Kulthum a close third.
Ryan Moore popped 5/2 jolly Miss Amulet out in front at a very breezy Newmarket but Murphy swiftly took over on the Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free and they had to dig deep late on to hold off the chasing pack led by Miss Amulet who lost some momentum around half way but finished strongly.
A delighted Murphy said: "I love this filly who is by a great sire No Nay Never and she'll be a great three-year-old. I've been with Andrew since I was a kid and I don't win enough Group Ones for him so this is special."
An Irish-trained favourite also had to settle for second in the other Group One as Clive Cox's 13/2 chance Supremacy made all for Adam Kirby in the Middle Park to beat Jessica Harrington's Phoenix Stakes winner Lucky Vega 5/2, who was staying on strongly, by half a length.
The Cambridgeshire turned into a rout as the Paul Cole-trained 40/1 shot Majestic Dawn left his rivals in a different parish when bolting home for Paul Hanagan, with Lucander 18/1, Bell Rock 10/1 and You're Hired 100/1 completing the places.