When Wyck Hill originally got an entry into the 2013 Grand National, he was number 48 on the list and although pretty much guaranteed a spot in the starting line-up of 40 runners, he didn’t really come to prominence until he was purchased by JP McManus half way though the season.
His first race out under his new under and all eyes were on him as he went off as favourite in the Racing Plus Chase at Cheltenham on February 23rd 2013 but he was apparently just caught by a falling horse and got a cut on his hind leg which necessitated stitches and staples.
Following that trainer David Bridgwater said “He’s was very sore this morning and peeled a load of skin off his leg. I’m not sure where he picked up the cut, but looking at the replay he may have been caught by Mister Hyde when he fell at the first.
“There was no flesh injury it was just skin so it’s superficial and I’d like to think it will not hold him back for too long but you never know. I’m not sure about Cheltenham but both eyes are firmly on Aintree. He’s a good horse.”
Unfortunately he didn’t heal in time for the 2013 National but was back for another shot in 2014. The BHA Handicapper, however, only gave him 9-10 which put him very far down the list of Grand National entries and following the first scratchings, he still lay in 82nd spot all but ruling him out of a possible run at Aintree.
He went on to run and win in the BetFred Eider Handicap Chase on February 22nd but as the weights had already been issued it didn’t impact his standings so trainer David Bridgwater stated that although he was still in with a chance it was unlikely and so Wyck Hill would be aimed at the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse later in the season instead.