Wissahickon makes light work of Winter Derby assignment

Gosden hotpot continues to carry all before him

  • Saturday 23 February
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Wissachickon set himself up for even bigger targets as he landed the odds in tremendous style with another dominant performance in the Group Three Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The highly-progressive colt made a mockery of the competition as he swept to his fifth win on the bounce, a run that started at Chelmsford, took in the Cambridgeshire and now numbers three in a row at the Surrey circuit.

Knowing he was on the best horse in the race, Frankie Dettori let the John Gosden-trained four-year-old find his stride as his stablemate Court House made most of the running.

Dettori asked Wissachickon for his effort turning for home and the 1-4 favourite was soon in command after making his challenge on the outside. Leading over a furlong out, he pulled three and a quarter lengths clear of Court House.

Pactolus stayed on for third place, three and a half lengths away, just ahead of Big Country.

It was a first win in the race for Gosden, who said: “Normally, we don’t run that many on the all-weather but, after Wissahickon won the Cambridgeshire, Mr Strawbridge (owner-breeder George Strawbridge) was keen to stay here and go for the Winter Derby, and the plan has come off.

“Obviously, there is big race here on Good Friday and we will see whether we freshen him up and wait for that, which would be the logical thing to do.

“There is some talk about World Cup Night out in Dubai, but I will have to speak to Frankie, who always has a very strong opinion!

“We might look at the Sheema Classic, if there was an invitation to run in the race. I think he is a mile-and-a-quarter to a mile-and-a-half horse – the mother stayed and he switches off in his races now, while quick, summer ground would be his game.”

He went on: “I think there is a chance that Wissahickon could be racing in America next year or the back-end of this season as there are a couple of nice races for him.

“I don’t know whether he would be suited to dirt racing, which is a little different to this surface,

“He could well be going over there but, right now, I think Mr Strawbridge would like to come over and see him race here again.”

He added of the runner-up: “He has run a lovely race. We will also have a look at Good Friday for him.”

Dettori said: “Wissahickon is getting better with every run and I am delighted with the way he relaxes now.

“He did exactly what he did last time – he ran to his rating and is a horse who is getting better and better with confidence.

“John is half-toying with the idea that Wissahickon might go out to Dubai.”

Wissahickon makes light work of Winter Derby assignment
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