Epsom Derby 2022: West Wind Blows Profile
Simon & Ed Crisford's West Wind Blows heads into the 2022 Cazoo Derby on June 4 as an unbeaten colt, but he will have to improve on his two wins if he is to land a blow in a contest awash with star quality...
West Wind Blows
Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford
Making his debut at the end of December 2021, West Wind Blows kicked off his career with a narrow victory at Newcastle in a novice stakes, where he beat Polyphonic by half-a-length. Thoughts of the Derby must've been a distant dream at that time for Simon & Ed Crisford, but he showed he could be a classy performer next time out when storming to victory at Nottingham at the beginning of May.
Sent off a 17/2 chance for another novice stakes, the son of Teofilo oozed class as he stormed to a mightily-impressive five-length win over Return To Dubai. That victory came over 1m 2f 50y, so he will need to step up in trip for the Derby, but he wasn't stopping at the finish in that Nottingham success, so he has to be considered a fascinating event.
This is a considerable step up in class, as he takes on proven Group winners in the Derby, but the Crisford team obviously hold him in high regard and he could be regarded as a potential each-way contender, if he can continue on his meteoric rise.
He also holds an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, which takes place in the middle of June, but it appears to be all systems go for the Derby, as he looks to cause a huge shock.
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