Wings of Desire’s Knavesmire triumph inspires Gosden to race colt in the Derby

Wings of Desire ridden by Frankie Dettori (centre) during the Investec Derby Breakfast with the Stars, at Epsom Downs.
Wings of Desire ridden by Frankie Dettori (centre) during the Investec Derby Breakfast with the Stars, at Epsom Downs.
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JOHN Gosden has supplemented Wings Of Desire for the Epsom Derby this Saturday following the lightly-raced colt’s win in York’s Dante Stakes.

A total of 18 remain in the premier Classic after Red Verdon, Cloth Of Stars and Humphrey Bogart were also added to the field at a cost of £75,000 each at the confirmation stage.

Aidan O’Brien, whose sequence of three consecutive Derby triumphs was ended last year, has seven left in the race, headed by Chester Vase scorer US Army Ranger.

Other Irish possibles are Jim Bolger’s Moonlight Magic and the Dermot Weld-trained Harzand while the unheralded Biodynamic could still represent North Yorkshire trainer Karl Burke.

Sammy Jo Bell has been released from hospital after the top female jockey, attached to the yard of Malton trainer Richard Fahey, underwent pelvic surgery following a fall at Carlisle.

She will be unable to walk for six weeks.

Revolutionist won Redcar’s Zetland Gold Cup yesterday for Middleham trainer Mark Johnson and jockey Joe Fanning.

Middleham jockey Henry Brooke’s win aboard Tonto’s Spirit was his third in two days of racing at the Lake District track.