Purchased by one of racing’s biggest owners, JP McManus, back in 2012, Wyck Hill had been tipped as a future Grand National star and while things were steadily on track, a serious knock at Kempton 12 months ago continues to hamper his chances.
It ruled him out of contention for the 2013 renewal and despite the best efforts of the trainer, David Bridgwater, he doesn’t look like he’s going to make the cut this year either having been handed 9-10 by the BHA Handicapper, which initially put him at number 96 on the list of runners for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
The disappointing aspect of this is that Wyck Hill is a terrific horse who’s just won the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday under jockey Tom Scudamore but that all comes a little too late in the day for connections and barring a miracle of sorts, he’s very unlikely to get to Aintree this time around.
Clearly remaining upbeat about Wyck Hill’s prospects, trainer Bridgwater said: “Tom knows him so well and he’s seen out the trip well there.
“He’s been given a chance by the handicapper and the Grand National will be the aim if he gets in.
“That’s my first winner for JP and having a horse for him is like getting the Royal seal of approval.
“If he doesn’t get in the National we’ll take that, it was a big race today and it’s great to win it. He’s a big slow boat and, in hindsight, this race was made for him.”
And while it may be too little too late for Wyck Hill this year, he’s obviously got plenty of support from punters and bookmakers alike, who despite his slim chance of getting into the National, have shortened his odds to 33/1 for the event!