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Desert Wind can blow hot for third win on the trot


By Ashley Iveson

Desert Wind should complete his hat-trick in the Betway Novice Stakes at Wolverhampton.

Ed Vaughan's charge was well-beaten on his racecourse debut at Nottingham in the autumn, but shaped significantly better when switching to the all-weather at Southwell a few weeks later, coming home nicely to finish third behind a very useful operator in Epsom Derby entrant On The Warpath.

Despite that promising effort, it was still surprising to see him blitz his rivals when opening his account over this course and distance shortly after the turn of the year and while the winning distance was not as far, there was just as much authority about his latest triumph at Lingfield.

Desert Wind must concede at least 8lb to each of his rivals for his latest assignment, but one of the newcomers will have to be well above average to stop him going in again.

A close eye should be kept on Marco Botti's Zefferino in the ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Handicap.

The son of Frankel looked promising in his early days with Roger Charlton, but has been gelded and will be having his second start for Botti. His first run for his new stable came at Kempton last month and was not devoid of promise on the back of a lengthy break.

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