Horse racing is a funny business, one day you’re on top of the world and a decent chance for the 2013 Grand National and the next punters can’t get to their computer fast enough to bet against your chances! Such is the position that Wyck Hill now finds himself in, though as he’s a horse, I’m sure he doesn’t care that much but the connections do!
Recently purchased by JP McManus, that alone nearly sent his odds crashing, and with a prep race at Kempton on the cards it was all eyes on the Hill with more or less the expectation that he would romp home, especially with favourite odds of 3/1 and AP McCoy on board.
But if racing was such a sure thing we’d all be millionaires and with 18 fences ahead of him, anything could happen but in the case of Wyck Hill not much actually did. Despite going off reasonably well and steadily maintaining a second or third place position once they got more than half of the way around, with about seven to go, he just seemed to run out all gas and energy.
AP McCoy’s best attempts to rally his charge didn’t work and he finished second to last. It subsequently transpired that Wyck Hill returned with a nasty cut to his near-hind leg which required stitches and staples by the Kempton vet and left the nine-year-old in some discomfort.
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.
“He’s had eight stitches and 14 staples put in it, which I know would stop me. Saturday was a massive day for us so it was a real blow but there’ll be another day.”
Quinz was the highest placed Grand National Runner in 4th place, followed by Roberto Goldback in 5th but for some the day didn’t end well and a poor performance from the wonderful Nacarat saw him retired soon after with Mister Hyde, a faller at the first, being withdrawn from the Grand National.