Unbeaten West Wind Blows might be a “slow developer” with only two races under his belt, but trainer Simon Crisford insists his 33-1 Cazoo Derby hopeful is a “quality horse” with a Classic pedigree. The Teofilo colt only ran in his first race just six months ago, when winning at Newcastle between Christmas and New Year, then followed that victory up with a five-length demolition job at Nottingham on May 6th. Now Crisford, who trains in partnership with his son Ed, is excited to see just how good the Abdulla Al Mansoori-owned three year old can be.

Speaking after West Wind Blows worked on the course at today’s Cazoo Derby Gallops Morning, Crisford said: “The horse is short on experience. The intention was to run him at Newbury then come back for the Lingfield Derby Trial. He got loose at the start at Newbury so we couldn’t run him there and we had to come up with a different plan.

“The plan then was to go into a novice with his penalty and he won that with quite some authority. He is very unexposed and we don’t know how good he is but we will find out on Saturday week.

“He is short on experience and you would have loved for him to have had a bit more match practice going into a race like this. He can get himself a little bit tense but the idea of coming today was to give him more experience. 

“He has been a slow developer and learner but he is just coming to himself and his work there was very pleasing. He came down the hill on the right leg and switched leads. He quickened up nicely along the straight. “The hardest bit was pulling him up, as you can see. He has got an outstanding pedigree, a Classic pedigree and he will stay the mile and a half without any question.

 “We know we have a horse bred to do the job. We know we have horse that stays the mile and a half. What we don’t know yet is if he is good enough, but I think there is a lot of improvement to come. He is a quality horse and has plenty of talent and we would expect him to run a good race.” 

Crisford added that he and his team would do everything possible to keep the horse relaxed on the day, to prevent him getting over exuberant in the build-up to the race. He said: “He will wear a hood and we will keep him as relaxed and switched off as possible. Coming here today was a key moment.  “He has taken that very well and he is developing the whole time. He is a colt that has lots of potential for the future. He wouldn’t need to lead but we will see how the race unfolds. There is bound to be plenty of pace in there. The horse is bred for a mile and a half plus.  

“Over a mile and a half that is when he will come into his own. It is always a fascinating race. I think you will have to stay well and you can’t turn up with a mile and a quarter horse. 

“I am excited about this horse but I just wish we could have got a couple more races under our belt. 

“He had to carry his penalty and win the novice very well for him to go to the next stage. We’ve always felt he had the potential to move in that direction. He has got the pedigree to be a champion and we do know a mile and a half will play to his strengths very well.  “If we can keep the lid on him and stop him getting too excited in the prelims I think he will run a good race.” 

Meanwhile trainer Stan Moore revealed El Habeeb would be supplemented for the Cazoo Derby, despite only having one run to his name. El Habeeb finished fifth of six at Newmarket earlier this month (May 14th) but after watching him take part in today’s Cazoo Derby Gallops Morning today, Moore explained: “The owner (Mohamed Khalid Abdulrahim) is going to supplement him. He is from Bahrain and he bred him and he is by his own stallion (Al Rifai) out of his own mare. “He is a very nice horse and he wants to run him in The Derby. He worked lovely there. On one run the handicapper has to think he ran to mark over 80 and he ran in a Listed race first time out at Newmarket, so he said he would have a mark of approximately 85 which qualified us to go, so it is rock and roll and we are going to be there. 

“There has been some big priced horses placed in recent years and he is a very nice horse. It is a big ask but if you don’t have a ticket you can’t win the prize. If you could afford to do it then why not? 

“Horses are to be enjoyed. It is a big day for anybody to have a runner in The Derby. I’ve never had a runner in The Derby and it is the biggest race in the world. I think if you have a chance to have a runner it is a big feather in your cap if you are an owner and he is his breeder as well. 

“John Egan is going to ride him. He has got plenty under his belt and he knows Epsom well. This is a seriously nice horse. Whether he is up to The Derby on Saturday week I’m not sure but there is a big win in him. 

“I think in The Derby he will beat more horses than will beat him. If he finishes mid-division we would be over the moon.”

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