Gosden hoping Wings of Desire takes off in Derby


John Gosden is hopeful that Wings of Desire can live up to the hype and give him a second successive Derby win at Epsom on Saturday.

The impressive Golden Horn won the famous race on the Downs in Surrey last year under Frankie Dettori before going on to win the Coral Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Gosden and Dettori have another strong contender for the Classic over a mile-and-a-half this weekend, with three-year-old Wings of Desire vying for favouritism.

The three-year-old son of Pivotal was re-entered for the famous race after winning the Dante Stakes at York last month and evergreen trainer Gosden is eyeing another Group One triumph.

He said: "I thought we'd take him out of the Derby on March 7 and go straight for the King Edward. I think it's still a very good idea, alas I've been made a fool of.

"It's very exciting. The conservative thing to do would be to go for the King Edward and if he'd finished third in the Dante, that's probably what we'd have done.

"But he wins the Dante, and if you win the Dante you go for the Derby. The owners are very clear what they want. He's a proper mile-and-a-half horse."

Aidan O'Brien has five runners, with US Army Ranger potentially going off as favourite under Ryan Moore a day after the duo celebrated an imperious victory for Minding in The Oaks.

US Army Ranger has won both of his races, the latest of which came in the Chester Vase last month, while Dante Stakes runner-up Deauville is another contender under Jamie Spencer.

Ulysses, trained by Michael Stoute and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, is also one to watch in what appears to be an open Derby.