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Frankie fired up for a shot at Derby hat-trick glory

By Frank Brownlow

Frankie Dettori has his eye on a Derby hat-trick after Wings Of Desire's superb success in the Dante Stakes at York.

Dettori won last year's Epsom showpiece on Golden Horn following his triumph on Authorized back in 2007.

Wings Of Desire - with a rating of 88 and only a win on the all-weather at Wolverhampton to his name - is now as short as 7-2 to triumph at Epsom on June 4.

"Everybody kept on knocking him but I knew this horse could be anything and he proved it today," commented Dettori.

"I think if he goes further he'll be even better. I can only improve as it's only his third day at school. There's plenty more to come," added on-form Dettori who had a treble at York on Wednesday.

Golden Horn won last year's Dante and went on to be supplemented for the Derby for £75,000, romping to victory for Gosden and Dettori, and the pair are likely to attempt to repeat the feat.

Wings Of Desire's trainer John Gosden was impressed with the horse's prformance.

He said: "He's freakish. He was showing me things early on (last year) that made me think 'goodness'.

"I confess this horse never did a piece of half speed (work) until the middle of March.

"I took him out of the Derby in March and my plan was the King Edward VII at Ascot which his brother won, but my plan has changed.

"I have to take the blame and now the owners will have to use the prize-money they've won today to supplement him.

"He went round a bend at Wolverhampton and learnt a lot. He's still learning, he's come here and won a Dante. There's a lot more to come and all being well we'll go to Epsom.

"For a horse like this to come from no education in a sense as a two-year-old and to come and win a Dante is pretty special.

"He stays well, let's hope his inexperience doesn't undo him, but there's no reason not to go.

"It's an open Derby - nothing has come out and streaked clear like Golden Horn did here last year - but then this horse didn't have the experience to do that.

"All being well he'll go to Epsom," he added.

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