Cambridgeshire Handicap winner Wissahickon triumphs in the the Betway Winter Derby Trial for John Gosden at Lingfield Park
Newmarket trainer John Gosden has revealed that Wissahickon could be set for an international campaign later in the year after Saturday’s victory at Lingfield Park.
The four-year-old, who won last year’s bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap at the Rowley Mile, booked his place at the All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday with a strong display in the Listed Betway Winter Derby Trial under Frankie Dettori.
Gosden and owner George Strawbridge teamed up to win the same race 12 months earlier with Utmost, who went on to annexe a Group 2 in Canada, and a trip overseas could also be on the agenda for Wissahickon.
Gosden said: “Full marks to the horse and jockey – there were three nice horses out there running in what is a good programme that they have put on for us on the All-Weather.
“The obvious plan is to go for the Winter Derby and the Easter Classic. I have always been a great supporter of All-Weather racing and, when they put programmes together like this, they should be supported.
“Wissahickon is a lovely horse who will probably end up racing in America come the fall and next year. He is a Tapit, so he is really going to suit the surfaces out there. He has run a lovely race today and enjoys this surface.”
Newmarket-based horses have dominated the All-Weather Finals Day qualifiers so far, having won 10 of the 15 races.