Aidan O’Brien is keen to put a line through High Definition’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby display, after the Colt cut heels off at the start of the Curragh Classic.
Winter favorite for the Cazoo Derby, Galileo’s son suffered a blood illness in the spring and O’Brien was in a rush to get him to the Dante Stakes in York, ultimately won by Irish Derby winner Hurricane Lane.
High definition was third in the try, then third, and when the decision was made to skip Epsom and target the Curragh, he was immediately installed as the favorite. But he never seemed to bother the judge on Saturday.
“After two stages he cut his heels off and almost fell off. Ryan (Moore) said he got disorganized then and couldn’t get him to leave after that,” said O’Brien.
“Maybe he got scared, got the wrong leg and couldn’t get it back. He never got to turn it on and it was really a non-event.
“When he ran against the winner in York it looked like two more yards was going to be in his lane and he had already circled the Curragh twice.
“We’re just going to put a line in it, probably give it a little rest and bring it back in the fall.
“It just didn’t work and it was one of those days.”
He added: “He obviously hasn’t done anything since but he looks awesome. He will do a little bit tomorrow.
“He was in a nice position, galloping, but the moment it happened he just clicked.”