Cambridgeshire: Wissahickon excels as he claims clear-cut success

By Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Sat 29 Sep 2018

Watch a full replay of the Bet365 Cambridgeshire won by Wissahickon at Newmarket on Saturday, Lydia Hislop's interview with winning connections and read our report with all the reaction from the Rowley Mile.

Wissahickon proved a different class to his rivals in the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket despite some dramatic pre-race antics in the Newmarket parade ring.

The three-year-old had won three of his previous four starts this season and was an 11-1 shot to provide trainer John Gosden with a fourth victory in the first leg of the autumn double.

Frankie Dettori, bidding for his first victory in the race since scoring aboard the Gosden-trained Halling in 1994, cut a confident figure in the saddle for much of the nine-furlong journey, settling Wissahickon towards the rear of the larger group that raced on the far side of the track.

Dettori angled his mount towards the centre of the course with a couple of furlongs to run and he quickly made his way through the field, taking over the lead from Via Via passing the final furlong marker.

From there the result was never in doubt, with Dettori only having to push Wissahickon out to the line to score by three and three-quarter lengths from the midweek gamble Mordin.

It was a major fillip for Wissahickon's groom, Asif Nazir, who had been kicked by the unruly three-year-old in the preliminaries.

Irish Cambridgeshire winner Kenya was the 8-1 favourite to provide trainer Aidan O’Brien with a big-race four-timer on the day, but finished well-beaten after racing prominently.

The winning trainer said: “Frankie said they went too hard. I said to him 'you came off the bridle early on' but he said 'no John, they were going too hard so I just let him coast for three furlongs and then I picked him up again.

“That's age and wisdom, it was a very clever ride and an interesting tactic.

“He's not a Halling but he's good and we'll have to go up to Listed class now. He's a nice horse but he's a bit wild. Frankie was very brave for a boy of 47.

“Frankie said to me, 'this isn't Halling John, you've made a big mistake here', and I said that he had a stone too much but anyhow he won well but it was a clever ride. Full marks to the jockey on this occasion.

“We'll have to go up in class now but he's by Tapit so he loves fast ground and we'll not want to be running him on wet autumn ground.”

Mordin, Via Via and Sabador could well reappear next month in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Saturday, October 20.

Mordin was running in first-time headgear and trainer Simon Crisford was delighted with the performance.

“It was a super run," Crisford said.

 As a son of Tapit Wissahickon could well head out to America for John Gosden (FocusOnRacing)
As a son of Tapit Wissahickon could well head out to America for John Gosden (FocusOnRacing)

"We’re very pleased and while he would probably prefer a bit more juice in the ground, obviously we are delighted. We have no plans, but we will talk with his owner and see if we run him again this season or not.”

Via Via has yet to finish out of the first three in his five runs at Newmarket and local trainer James Tate has a soft spot for the horse, who finished half a length further back in third under Tom Marquand.

“He ran very well and he is a yard favourite as he is six years’ old now – we don’t usually keep them that long," Tate said.

“He has run really well and to be honest it is because he loves the Rowley Mile. He is a horse who has had knee problems and he loves running down into The Dip.

“He is going to the Horses In Training Sale because he is six, but his next target will be the Balmoral Handicap (at Ascot on Champions Day).

Ed Walker also has the same target for Sabador (25/1), who stayed on nicely under Jamie Spencer to be fourth, a further three-quarters of a length down.

Walker said: “He ran well, coming from a long way back. He probably wants a bit more cut in the ground but he got the trip well.

“The Balmoral will be the plan – if he gets in. I’m very pleased. It was a very good run.”

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