26/06/2021. (IRE) LATEST MORNING UPDATE – Ballydoyle horses popular as Aidan O’Brien bids for 15th success in Irish Derby

Van Gogh: an each-way play for punters this morning - Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) – By Tom Ward

High Definition remains a solid favourite for this afternoon’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (3.45) but two of his stablemates have attracted each-way support this morning. 

At a general 13-8, High Definition is warm order to give Aidan O’Brien a 15th win in the race with both Van Gogh (14-1 from 16) and Arturo Toscanini (33-1 from 40) supported at bigger prices. 

Van Gogh steps up to a mile and a half for the first time having struggled to to make his presence felt in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly when last seen. 

Arturo Toscanini was sixth in the Queen’s Vase on his most recent start but it would be dangerous to rule out any O’Brien-trained contender in a race he has dominated for two decades.

O’Brien also saddles 12-1 shot Worsdworth, who was second in the Queen’s Vase, and 100-1 outsider Matchless.

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “High Definition has been strong at the top of the market over the last couple of days but we’ve seen some each-way support for his stable companions.

“Both Van Gogh, who was never dangerous in the French equivalent from stall 12 in a race dominated by horses from low berths, and at a bigger price Arturo Toscanini have been supported this morning.”

The going at Newmarket is good to firm for a seven-race card headlined by the Group 3 Close Brothers Criterion Stakes (3.15), in which overnight favourite Kinross has been declared a non-runner. 

The defection leaves Glorious Journey, trained by Charlie Appleby, at the head of the market at 7-2, with Motakhayyel and Royal Crusade next at a general 9-2.

In the day’s other big race, the William Hill Northumberland Plate (3.30) at Newcastle, Trueshan has been supported into 7-2 (from 4-1) as he bids to carry 10st 4lb in the £150,000 handicap. 



1.00: National Dance
1.35: Achelois, Dawndiva
2.40: Max Vega
3.15: With Thanks, Kinross
3.50: End Result, Somthing Enticing


2.55: Mr Chua

Saturday’s big-race previews:

2.20 Newcastle: top all-weather sprinters clash in classy Chipchase Stakes

2.40 Newmarket: Tom Collins examines the credentials of Logician ahead of Fred Archer ‘plan B’

3.05 Curragh: Castle Star, Cadamosto and Go Bears Go face off in high-class Railway Stakes

3.15 Newmarket: getting a handy position early could be the key to winning the Criterion Stakes

3.30 Newcastle: ’I've been winding him up for this race’ – who may star in the Northumberland Plate?

3.45 Curragh: ’A big horse with a big stride’ – will High Definition power to Classic glory?

3.45 Curragh: ’There were plenty of pundits who filed him under the plodder category’ (Members’ Club)

4.20 Curragh: ’He can run a big race’ – Cadillac out to confirm promise of juvenile campaign

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