Seven Pound Penalty Does Not Look Enough to Stop Wishfull Dreaming

Sam England has done a great job to turn Wishfull Dreaming around this season, and the horse has recorded two wins from his last three races. He looks well handicapped on old form, and in great heart at the moment. He has a seven pound penalty to carry for his win last time out, but the manner in which he won that day was impressive, and I don’t think that will be enough to stop him here.

This race looks no different to that one he won last time out in terms of quality, but he does have a further three furlongs to cover. That will be no problem, and it is something he has done before. He was rated in the 120s a couple of years back, and that is where he is back up to now thanks to his penalty.

However, one big thing going in his favour and something that shouldn’t be underestimated is the form he is in right now. He looks to be thriving and in the form of his life, which makes me very confident of a big run from him.

The main danger appears to be Elmono, who won two races on the bounce recently before finishing last in a higher grade at this course last time out. A return to this kind of company is a real positive for this horse, and if the favourite wasn’t in this race then there is no doubt that he would be my selection.

I’m not sure he has enough to get the better of Wishfull Dreaming though, with the form he is in, so he is the pick in the handicap up at Musselburgh on Friday afternoon.