High Definition, front-post favorite for the Cazoo Derby, could warm up for Epsom with a race in the Novibet Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.
Coach Aidan O’Brien believes the Surrey track will give Galileo’s two-time unbeaten son vital experience ahead of the first Classic on June 5th.
High definition is as low as 5-2 for the Derby, thanks to his Group Two victory in Beresford Stakes in his second start at the Curragh in September.
“We’re thinking of going to Lingfield,” O’Brien said.
“He has to start and with all the tries we’re just trying to separate them.
“He’s a baby and we worry about Lingfield, but we have to learn.
“What’s different about him is that his stride is half a stride longer than anything else.
“He’s going to learn a lot.”
Van Gogh, who won the best of O’Brien’s three riders in the 2000 Qipco Guineas on Saturday when he was eighth at Poetic Flare, is expected to be part of the Ballydoyle team’s Derby squad.
“Van Gogh ran well. He’s probably a horse for the Derby – he sped up the journey,” said O’Brien.
He reflected on the performances of Wembley (11th) and Battleground (13th), which disappointed.
“Battleground sailed with Frankie (Dettori) halfway through and when he asked him, he broke up as he changed (his legs) in front and not changed behind,” he said.
“When that happens, it’s like a wheel blowing off a car, so it was gone with him.
“Ryan (Moore) (Wembley) horse ran well. He just felt when they started to speed up in the dive, he was a little disorganized.
“He’s raced here (Newmarket) before on soft ground, but it’s a big difference on fast ground. I think he’ll be a good step forward from this race.”