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Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: High Definition is a potentially special colt

By Johnny Ward
Fri 25 Sep 2020

Our Irish racing expert has four fancies for the racing action at the Curragh and Listowel on Saturday, and both meetings will be shown live on Racing TV.

The Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes is the feature on a cracking card at the Curragh on Satuday and there is also some decent action at Listowel which gets underway at 1.40pm.

High Definition, the favourite in the Group Two contest, could be special, but it provides Aidan O’Brien’s charge with a proper test.

It's a race to savour and in these grim times, having an exciting Classic horse to look forward to matters for something.

Below are the four I am siding with on Saturday across both tracks. Best of luck.

3.15 Curragh: High Definition at a general 7-4

Galileo-bred two-year-olds rarely win first-time out for Ballydoyle anymore, albeit this year has been a bit different.

High Definition got a typically educational ride here over a month ago but still won easily. His brother Innisfree won this race and so can he, as he is potentially special.

3.50 Curragh: Urban Beat at a general 3-1

A really likeable horse and no reason why he will not be bang there at the finish.

This seems more his trip but even over 5f, after being badly outpaced, he nearly pulled it off at Doncaster, and there’s no Make A Challenge to concern him now.

4.00 Listowel: Northern Love at a general 6-1

Wadiyatink Now is a fascinating contender here switched to Gavin Cromwell based on her form for Noel Kelly.

However, Conor McNamara takes over on his father's Northern Love, who managed to win on his handicap debut at Christmas, and the trainer targets this meeting. He has considerable upside.

4.50 Curragh: Dance Jupiter at 11-4 with Bet365

Visibility was terrible when this Kingsbarns gelding ran at Galway but one saw enough to know how unfortunate he was.

He ran twice for John Kiely and it seems significant that he was bought by the connections of Patrick Sarsfield before beating that rival – who is now rated 114 - in a maiden last year.

For said connections, he was out the back at Galway, totally out of his ground when they quickened, and still managed to beat everything bar the favourite.

At a guess, he will be rated at least 105 sooner or later and he looks a good thing here if he can overcome his inexperience.

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