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Crisford team considering options for West Wind Blows after Derby effort

Ed Crisford remains optimistic for the future with West Wind Blows after the previously unbeaten colt finished in midfield in Saturday’s Cazoo Derby at Epsom.

A narrow winner of a Newcastle novice event between Christmas and the new year, the Teofilo colt made a hugely impressive start to his three-year-old campaign at Nottingham in early in May.

Despite his lack of experience, connections decided to roll the dice in the premier Classic and he showed up well for a long way before weakening to finish ninth of the 17 runners.

Crisford, who trains in partnership with his father Simon, has not lost any faith in West Wind Blows, who is set to enjoy some downtime before connections decide on his next objective.

“He ran a good race, he was up on the pace for a long way and we’re very pleased with him,” said the Newmarket-based trainer.

“He’s come out of it in really good shape. He was having his third run in the Derby and he didn’t disgrace himself. It was a pleasing effort.

Ed (left) and Simon Crisford at Epsom
Ed (left) and Simon Crisford at Epsom (John Walton/PA)

“We haven’t got any immediate plans. We’ll probably give him a couple of weeks now and we’ll find a nice spot for him after that.

“There is a Listed race at Hamilton in July and there’s the Gordon Stakes (at Goodwood), which is always red-hot. The handicapper has left him on his mark (101), so we’ll see.

“The Derby is always a hard race, but he took it all in his stride – that’s the main thing. He was extremely well behaved and he’s grown up a lot.”

West Wind Blows has the class, but experience a worry

A lack of experience is the main worry for Simon Crisford when it comes to his Cazoo Derby contender West Wind Blows.

The Teofilo colt only made his debut in December, winning a 10-furlong novice event at Wolverhampton, and reappeared at Nottingham earlier this month, defying a penalty by five lengths to stay unbeaten.

He was one of a number of Epsom hopes who went through their paces at the track’s Cazoo Gallops Morning on Monday, after which Crisford – who trains together with his son, Ed – said: “The horse is short on experience.

“The intention was to run him at Newbury (in April) 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.”

Simon Crisford (right) with son Ed at Epsom
Simon Crisford (right) with son Ed at Epsom (John Walton/PA)

Crisford – who knows all about winning the Derby from his time with the Godolphin operation – added: “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.

“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.”