On this day two years ago, Anthony Van Dyck rewarded Aidan O’Brien with a-then seventh win in the Epsom Derby as Ballydoyle dominated the 2019 renewal of flat racing’s greatest race.
Less than a length separated the first five home, four of which were trained by O’Brien, with Kevin Prendergast’s Madhmoon picking up the silver medal.
Japan, Broome and Sir Dragonet also finished close in the frame, with stable-mate Circus Maximus back in sixth.
The son of Galileo had won the Derby Trial at Lingfield on his previous start and his Surrey success brought up a fifth career victory, his penultimate occasion being first passed the post until he he saw off Stradivarius in the Prix Foy at Paris Longchamp in September 2020.
His win gave the Derby’s winning-most trainer his first taste of glory in the race since 2017, following Masar’s heroics for Charlie Appleby a year earlier.
Retained rider Ryan Moore could side with High Definition who ran well in the Dante last month and sits second in the betting, ahead of 2,000 Guineas winning chief Jim Bolger’s charge Mac Swiney.
Ed Dunlop’s John Leeper is considered best of the British thus far, just shorter than Hurricane Lane and William Haggas’s Mohaafeth.