Excessive Definition adopted up his high-quality efficiency with one other glorious run at Curragh, this time within the Beresford Stakes. Seamie Heffernan bought one of the best out of his cost, surging away from the sector on the proper second to shut out his second victory. He has not been in motion since, which could possibly be a priority, though it isn’t important for him to compete earlier than a run at Derby glory.
The three-year-old has extra expertise than his stable-mate, though his file has been up and down since making his debut halfway by the 2020 marketing campaign. Bolshoi Ballet completed third at Newmarket in his maiden stakes however was on type in his second outing in Leopardstown to get off the mark in his profession. Nevertheless, the Irish thoroughbred completed the marketing campaign on an underwhelming observe, putting in fifth on the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.
Van Gogh has eight runs beneath his belt and two victories after making a number of appearances final 12 months as a two-year-old. He made an impression within the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown the place he was simply overwhelmed out by a neck by Navy Type. It was the identical story within the Juvenile Stakes when Cadillac bested the American thoroughbred. Nevertheless, he did make his breakthrough at Curragh on the finish of September. Because of his victory, Van Gogh was put in as one of many main contenders for the Autumn Stakes.
The American thoroughbred was an outsider at 20/1 for the two,000 Guineas to begin the time period. Though he completed down in eighth, he was one of the best of O’Brien’s performers putting forward of Wembley and Battleground. Provided that Serpentine was down the pecking order for O’Brien final time period, don’t sleep on Van Gogh at The Derby.