Wissahickon wins the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket

Wissahickon evoked memories of Halling, with a decisive win in the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.

A field of 33 went to post and from the start, split into two distinct groups, with the bulk of the runners heading down the centre of the track and a smaller bunch racing on the stands rail.

Approaching the two-furlong pole, Zwayyan and Via Via were up with the pace, with Afaak also prominent.

But the race complexion soon changed, as Frankie Dettori, teaming up with Halling’s trainer John Gosden, began to make a significant move on Wissahickon.

The three year old overhauled Via Via inside the final furlong and shot clear in taking fashion.

At the line, Wissahickon 3 ¾ lengths clear, with Mordin just claiming second ahead of Via Via and Sabador.

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.’

Wissahickon joins Via Via in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket

“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.”