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HIGH DEFINITION hasn’t had a smooth preparation this spring – he missed the Lingfield Derby Trial after Aidan O’Brien wasn’t satisfied with a blood test – so his participation isn’t certain. However, there’s no doubt that he will be the headline act if turning up at York on Thursday. High Definition created an excellent impression in two starts as a juvenile, winning both outings in remarkably similar style and in the manner of a hugely exciting prospect.
The strength he showed in the finish, on both occasions, was extraordinary and it’s hard to gauge the ceiling of his ability. He has the Timeform ‘large P’ attached to his rating, indicating that he remains open to significant improvement for a stiffer test of stamina this season.
His pedigree also suggests that he will be better as a three-year-old – he is by Derby winner Galileo and out of a mare who didn’t make it to the course as a juvenile – so there could be significant improvement on the cards this season.
SNOW LANTERN rocketed towards the head of the ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas after posting an impressive victory on her reappearance in a strong Newbury maiden last month.
However, connections decided to take a cautious approach with Snow Lantern – who is by 2000 Guineas winner Frankel out of 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern – and missed Newmarket to head to this Listed contest. She is likely to meet rivals who have achieved more on the bare form, but Snow Lantern – who has the ‘large P’ attached to her rating – remains open to significant improvement and should prove a class apart.
The form of Snow Lantern’s maiden win has already started to work out well and she looks capable of making an impact at the highest level when given her opportunity.
SIR RON PRIESTLEY, the 2019 St Leger runner-up, missed last season but has returned better than ever based on his wins at Nottingham and Newmarket. Sir Ron Priestley got the better of Ocean Wind, who subsequently finished runner-up to Stradivarius in the Sagaro Stakes, on his belated return in a Listed race over a mile-and-three quarters at Nottingham.
He then beat Pyledriver over a mile-and-a-half in Group 2 company at Newmarket. Sir Ron Priestley showed he is as tough as they come at Newmarket, keeping on strongly after winding up the gallop half a mile from home, and he will be well suited by stepping back up in trip here. It will take a tough and talented horse to pass him in this form.