The European Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday at the Curragh in Ireland, where the Beresford (G2) will take place. The one-mile race will hand out qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 structure to the top four finishers.

Ace Aussie
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$14,202
Owner:
Zhang Yuesheng
Breeder:
Longfield Stud
Trainer:
Jessica Harrington
Jockey:
Tom Madden
Sire:
Australia
Dam:
Queenscliff
Color:
Bay

After finishing second in his debut at the Curragh, Ace Aussie traveled to Cork and promptly won a 7-furlong maiden race by 2 1/4 lengths. Son of Epsom Derby (G1) winner Australia is bred to stretch out and could show additional improvement in his third career start.

Brazil
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$13,610
Owner:
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith
Breeder:
Lynch Bages and Camas Park Stud
Trainer:
Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:
Wayne Lordan
Sire:
Galileo
Dam:
Dialafara
Color:
Bay

A full brother to 2016 Beresford winner and two-time classic winner Capri, Brazil has taken his time coming to hand for acclaimed trainer Aidan O'Brien, who has won 19 of the last 24 editions of the Beresford. The son of Galileo lost his first two starts before tenaciously winning a one-mile maiden race at the Curragh by a neck. Having proven himself over the course and distance over the Beresford, Brazil warrants plenty of respect.

High Definition
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$11,158
Owner:
Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Anne-Marie O'Brien
Breeder:
Whisperview Trading
Trainer:
Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:
Seamie Heffernan
Sire:
Galileo
Dam:
Palace
Color:
Bay

The second of three starters trained by Aidan O'Brien, High Definition made a terrific impression in his debut racing a mile at the Curragh on Aug. 22. Reserved at the back of the pack early on, High Definition produced an explosive rally down the homestretch, slicing between rivals to win going away. High-percentage jockey Seamie Heffernan picks up the mount, stamping High Definition as the horse to beat.

Ides of August
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$15,385
Owner:
Newtown Anner Stud Farm
Breeder:
Newtown Anner Stud Farm
Trainer:
Ger Lyons
Jockey:
Colin Keane
Sire:
More Than Ready
Dam:
Alina
Color:
Bay/brown

A rallying winner of his debut going 7 furlongs at Leopardstown, Ides of August failed to handle a jump in class and distance when finishing fifth by eight lengths in the one-mile KPMG Champions Juvenile (G2). The American-bred colt will need a step forward to vie for victory under similar conditions in the Beresford.

Jack Duggan
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$9,468
Owner:
Mrs. J. S. Bolger
Breeder:
J. S. Bolger
Trainer:
Jim Bolger
Jockey:
Kevin Manning
Sire:
Jack Milton
Dam:
Unbridled Treasure
Color:
Gray

An American-bred son of Grade 1-winning turf miler Jack Milton, Jack Duggan didn't get the cleanest run and raced greenly in his debut at Tipperary, but nevertheless forged clear to win by 1 3/4 lengths. However, the gray gelding had a rough trip when stepping up in class for the KPMG Champions Juvenile (G2) at Leopardstown, fading to finish last of nine. The waters will be deeper in the Beresford.

Lifetime Legend
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$4,091
Owner:
J. P. Ledwidge
Breeder:
Kevin J. Molloy
Trainer:
Andrew Oliver
Jockey:
W. J. Lee
Sire:
Pride of Dubai
Dam:
Livia Galilei
Color:
Bay

Although Lifetime Legend has run twice over a mile or farther, the bay colt has yet to win a race, finishing sixth and second in maiden events at the Curragh and Galway. On both occasions he encountered heavy ground, so perhaps Lifetime Legend will appreciate the somewhat better turf on tap for the Beresford.

Monaasib
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$97,890
Owner:
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Breeder:
Landmark Racing
Trainer:
Kevin Prendergast
Jockey:
Declan McDonogh
Sire:
Bobby's Kitten
Dam:
Mullein
Color:
Bay

An experienced son of 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Bobby's Kitten, Monaasib has finished first or second in four of his five starts, but has yet to tackle an open stakes race and has never run farther than 7 furlongs. The distance and class of the Beresford are big question marks, but Monaasib's consistency is a positive.

Reve De Vol
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$20,598
Owner:
Moyglare Stud Farm
Breeder:
Moyglare Stud Farm
Trainer:
Ger Lyons
Jockey:
Gary Carroll
Sire:
Siyouni
Dam:
Joailliere
Color:
Bay

The second runner conditioned by Ger Lyons, Reve De Vol has already held his own against quality competition. After winning his debut and finishing eighth in the Tyros (G3), Reve De Vol stretched out to a mile in the KPMG Champions Juvenile (G2) and surprised bettors by finishing third at 40-1. An improving son of Siyouni, Reve De Vol figures to vie for a spot on the board once again.

Sir Lucan
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$1,150
Owner:
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier
Breeder:
Coolmore
Trainer:
Aidan O'Brien
Jockey:
Padraig Beggy
Sire:
Camelot
Dam:
Sparrow
Color:
Bay

The third Aidan O'Brien trainee will be a longshot in the betting after finishing fifth in his July 13 debut running a mile at Killarney. But as a full brother to Group 3 winner and Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1) runner-up Sir Dragonet, Sir Lucan is bred to improve with maturity and could take a step forward in his second start.

Snapraeterea
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$48,545
Owner:
J. P. Farrell
Breeder:
J. P. Farrell
Trainer:
Joseph O'Brien
Jockey:
Shane Crosse
Sire:
Buratino
Dam:
Snap Alam
Color:
Bay

While Snapraeterea has yet to win a stakes race, the experienced colt is accustomed to facing tough competition, finishing fourth in the Futurity (G2) at the Curragh and sixth in the KPMG Champions Juvenile (G2). Facing similar company in the Beresford should place Snapraetera in the hunt for a top-four finish, though he might not have as much upside as his more lightly-raced rivals.

Southern Cape
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$14,202
Owner:
Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor
Breeder:
Coolmore
Trainer:
Donnacha O'Brien
Jockey:
Gavin Ryan
Sire:
Galileo
Dam:
Tiggy Wiggy
Color:
Bay/brown

A beautifully-bred son of superstar stallion Galileo out of the Group 1-winning sprinter Tiggy Wiggy, Southern Cape showed promise in his first two starts, finishing second behind Ides of August at Leopardstown before breaking his maiden at Gowran Park. But Southern Cape has faltered since stepping into group stakes company, finishing seventh in the Tyros (G3) and eighth in the Futurity (G2). He'll need a step forward to factor in the Beresford for up-and-coming trainer Donnacha O'Brien.

Wuqood
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$10,482
Owner:
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Breeder:
Shadwell Estate Company
Trainer:
Dermot Weld
Jockey:
Oisin Orr
Sire:
Dubawi
Dam:
Tarfasha
Color:
Chestnut

With just one race under his belt so far, Wuqood could be any kind of colt for accomplished trainer Dermot Weld. The chestnut son of Dubawi certainly ran well in his debut over a mile at Gowran Park, rallying to win by a head over next-out winner Liffey River. A half-brother to long-winded stakes winner Rakan, Wuqood is bred to improve with maturity and looms as a logical contender in the Beresford.

Adakaz
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
N/A
Total Earnings:
$2,998
Owner:
Darren Byrne and Rory Slevin
Breeder:
Shadwell Estate Company
Trainer:
Nigel Thomas Slevin
Jockey:
Robbie Colgan
Sire:
Markaz
Dam:
Jadaayil
Color:
Bay/brown

The lone filly entered in the Beresford field, Adakaz has finished fifth, fourth, and fifth in her first four starts at smaller tracks in Ireland, so she'll be jumping up significantly in class on Saturday. She'll need a big step forward to challenge against this caliber of competition.