Is it Wishfull Thinking  for trainer Phillip Hobbs to think he can claim the Grade Two Peterborough Chase?

There is no doubt that the Somerset yard of Phillip Hobbs’ has been on fire this season and that their horse Wishfull Thinking has bounced back to some of his best form, but can it continue in the Peterborough Chase?

Wishfull Thinking will face a strong challenge from the much younger Wonderful Charm, whose stable scooped two Grade Ones at Sandown yesterday with Dodging Bullets and Vibrato Valtat. The Ditcheat yard is in ominous form after a relatively slow start to the season and a lot has always been expected of the talented Wonderful Charm.

The six-year-old chaser finished behind Don Cossack who is a likely favourite for the Grade One Punchestown Chase this afternoon. Wonderful Charm was beaten a long way at Down Royal but should come on from that run.

Eduard another runner in the race is very highly regarded by connections but is probably just short of this class.  The in-form Sam Whaley-Cohen takes the ride on the mercurial Rajdhani Express for Nicky Henderson, who deserves more luck after the sad loss yesterday of Oscar Whisky.

The Peterborough Chase takes place at (2.05) and is the feature of the Huntingdon year.

(Featured Photograph – Trainer Phillip Hobbs by Stuart Rice)

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