Wissahickon heads seven contenders for Winter Derby honours

Wissahickon heads the Winter Derby field

Wissahickon will face just six rivals when he bids to take his winning streak to five in the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday.

After a smooth success at Chelmsford in August, John Gosden’s talented four-year-old took the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on the turf in September and has since brushed aside the opposition in two Listed races over this course and distance.

The Mick Appleby-trained Big Country has finished second both times at Lingfield and tries again as do Wissahickon’s stablemate Court House and the Charlie Fellowes-trained Chiefofchiefs, who were third and fourth in the Winter Derby Trial three weeks ago.

David Elsworth’s Master The World goes for back-to-back victories in this race after being awarded the prize in the stewards’ room 12 months ago after going down by a head to Mr Owen.

Jamie Osborne’s Hathal and Pactolus from Stuart Williams’ stable complete the line-up.

Aidan O’Brien’s Hunting Horn was a withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration stage along with Breden, Goring and Matterhorn.