Wings of Desire impresses Dettori on run-out at Epsom

CHAMPION trainer John Gosden believes Wings Of Desire is on course for the Epsom Derby following a successful workout under big race jockey Frankie Dettori.

Jockey Frankie Dettori.

The winner of York’s Dante Stakes, the colt galloped with two stablemates as part of Epsom’s ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ morning, in which Classic contenders can get to know the unique undulations of Tattenham Corner.

Gosden’s Golden Horn completed the Dante and Derby double 12 months ago, but Wings Of Desire only made his racecourse debut last month and has just three starts to his name.

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“Frankie was very happy with the horse. He hadn’t started any form of action until March and I am thrilled with how he has come on mentally,” said the trainer.

“Frankie loved the way he came down the hill. He changed his legs down the straight and picked up when he wanted to.

“He has learned a lot. He has got a cool mind on him and I like the way he was business-like. From coming off a canter in March to winning a Dante is freakish.”

Clem Fandango will evoke fond memories of one of the greatest Hilary Needler Trophy winners of all time when she runs at Beverley on Saturday.

The two-year-old daughter of Elzaam is trained in Scotland by Keith Dalgleish, who in 2003 steered the great Attraction to success in the esteemed five-furlong dash on the Westwood.

Beverley provided the springboard for an astounding career that saw her win five Group Ones, including the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.

Dalgleish said: “Attraction was a great horse and she won very easily at Beverley – it was obviously a day to remember. The ground will be fine for Clem Fandango, I think, and she ran very well there on her debut behind a good horse (Seafront). She’d obviously have to run well at the weekend, but Royal Ascot would be considered if she did so.”

Andrew Thornton will clock up more than 700 miles today in an attempt to inch closer to achieving his lifetime quest of riding 1,000 career winners.

The 43-year-old, just eight away from the landmark, has the second of two rides at Market Rasen at 3.50pm and hopes to get to Newton Abbot in deepest Devon for the 8.40pm before the long drive back to Ripon.

“I’m doing both meetings – I’m as keen as ever,” said Thornton.

“It sounds a bit mad, but it does help. I love what I do. You know it’s going to come to an end soon, sometime or other, but while I’m enjoying it and people are wanting to put me up, I’ll keep going.”