It’s apt we start with the feature race of the day and one of the most perplexing handicaps of the season: the Cambridgeshire.
The race is usually closely contested; however, this year’s renewal was turned into a procession as Wissahickon powered to a three-and-three-quarter-length victory over the 33 runners.
The colt, who is known to be rather unruly, including when stamping on his groom’s foot on the way out of the paddock, put no foot wrong in the race itself, making a mockery of his handicap mark to give Frankie Dettori and John Gosden their first Cambridgeshire victory since 1995.
The horse that last gave them success was Halling, who went on to strike at group one level five times, and now Wissahickon will inevitably begin his pattern-race career here after obliterating his handicap mark.
While it may be wishful thinking to believe that Wissahickon can emulate Halling, there is definitely a listed or group race to be won with him over this season and next.
Yet, with the likelihood of another weak older mile division next season, there’s nothing holding this three-year-old back to naturally progress to the top level after this imperious performance.