Popular chaser Wishfull Thinking retired

Wishfull Thinking, Richard Johnson

Wishfull Thinking: Philip Hobbs’ stable star has been retired

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THE evergreen, and ever popular, chaser Wishfull Thinking has been retired following a disappointing run in the Silver Trophy Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Despite breathing issues throughout his career, the 13-year-old son of Alfora has been a star in Philip Hobbs’ stable for a number of years since making his debut for the yard in a bumper at Hereford in 2008.

Hobbs said: “The decision has been made to retire Wishfull Thinking and the plan is for him to go back to Ireland to Pat Doyle from whom he was bought where he will have a new career in ex-racehorse showing classes.”

After a rollercoaster career, Wishfull Thinking will be best remembered for his 11-year-old campaign where he won three graded races including a Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham, the Old Roan Chase at Aintree before rounding off a fine year with victory in the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in 2014, the final time he would be seen in the winner’s enclosure.

Hobbs added: “He has been a grand servant to the yard over the seasons and it has been phenomenal to retain his enthusiasm after all the problems he had with his breathing. If he had not been plagued with that problem he might well have won a lot more races. He will be missed by everyone in the yard.”

Still in good fettle

Despite his age, Wishfull Thinking was enjoying a fine season this term, finishing second to Sound Investment in the Old Roan Chase before racing and jumping enthusiastically in the Peterborough Chase when third behind Al Ferof and he went into Wednesday’s handicap chase giving weight all round off an official mark of 165.

Despite not scoring in ten attempts in Grade 1 company, Wishfull Thinking’s 12 victories included five Grade 2s and two Grade 3s and he accumulated £496,064 in total prize-money.

 

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