Lucy Wadham has warned that Wiesentraum will need to step up again if he is to win on tomorrow’s Fakenham card for the second year running.
Twelve months ago, the son of Next Desert held on by a neck from subsequent Crabbie’s Grand National runner The Rainbow Hunter to take the feature three-mile Class Three October Handicap Chase.
While entering this year’s renewal of the contest, which is being sponsored by Kettle Chips, in good form having scored at Warwick last time out, the Newmarket handler is well aware he faces no easy task in repeating last year’s victory.
“Wiesentraum will run at Fakenham tomorrow, but it will be much more difficult to win this time round as he is up in the weights and running off a career high mark,” said Wadham. “The race looks like it could be more competitive than last year, which is what the track deserves as they put good prize-money up, but our horse goes there in good form.”
One thing Wadham will be hoping Wiesentraum displays again like he did on his way to victory at Warwick last time out is a solid show of jumping.
“His jumping won him the race at Warwick as he jumped much better than anything else,” said Wadham. “He was accurate and very economical at his fences.”
Although thoughts for now will be centred around Wiesentraum’s outing at the West Norfolk track, Wadham has in the back of her mind some bigger targets should he go on to prove he is capable of more.
“He is a horse that does not take too much racing but if he gets his ground he is fairly useful,” said Wadham. “We know that he likes going left handed but I don’t think he is a Hennessy horse. But as he is getting towards that level where he could get in the bottom of a decent race it could be that we aim him at one of the good staying chase races at Doncaster,”
In other news Wadham has confirmed that exciting chaser Baby Shine is likely to have her first run since finishing a good second in a competitive handicap chase at Haydock back in April, in the Grade Three EBF TA Morris Memorial (mares) chase over in Clonmel on November 13.
“We have just been a little bit held up with Baby Shine as she pulled a muscle but she is in good form now,” said Wadham. “It is likely to be a competitive race and it certainly won’t be no walk in the park, but there are not too many of these races around.
“Ideally I would have liked to have given her a prep run before going to Ireland, but we won’t run her that close to going over there.”