Huntingdon: Wishfull Thinking best in the Peterborough Chase
The 11yo Wishfull Thinking continued the fine form of Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson to land the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon. Hobbs’ charge has returned in fantastic form this season, following up his bloodless Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree on his reappearance with a fine effort behind the rejuvenated Al Ferof in the Amlin Chase.
Wishfull Thinking has so far failed to score at the highest level in his successful career but this was his fifth Grade 2 victory and he did it in the style of a horse who is still capable of performing in the upper echelons. Johnson was quick to get to the front of the field from the drop of the flag, attempting to use all of his charge’s well known stamina reserves in the two and a half mile contest.
After a superb round of jumping, the pair still found themselves at the head of affairs approaching the final fence. 7/4 favourite Eduard looked to be the main danger and actually headed the leader over the last, only to stumble on landing allowing Wishfull Thinking to regain the lead, which he would keep to the line. Wonderful Charm stayed on gamely for third.
Winning jockey Johnson said: “This is a horse that stays very well and he gave it 110 per cent. He got done for speed the last day but jumped lovely here and I think he is as well as he’s ever been, despite being 11. He’s so much more relaxed nowadays.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo:
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