Wyck Hill is still on course for a run in the Grand National, according to his trainer David Bridgewater, despite a poor run at Kempton over the weekend in the Racing Plus Chase.
The nine-year-old finished in eleventh position on his first run under JP McManus and suffered a nasty cut on his near-hind leg, which left him in some pain and the Kempton doctor had to apply stitches.
Although Cheltenham Festival now looks unlikely, Wyck Hill is set for a run at Aintree and his latest Grand National odds are 25/1. He is considered more of a contender than a front-runner, but is a decent price and along as the gelding returns to fitness, is likely to be heavily backed.
Bridgewater spoke of the injury suffered and Aintree hopes: “He 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.”
Before this disappointing run, Wyck Hill had been in fantastic form, claiming wins at Wetherby and Ascot and many were expecting him to put in a big performance over the weekend.
That wasn’t the case though and now it seems to be all about getting him fit for Aintree. You never know, the pressure could not be off connections of the horse as he isn’t expected to win the Grand National.
If you head over to BetVictor, you can see that On His Own is being tipped as the 10/1 favourite to come out on top.
However, it is of course going to be a very tough race to win and if a horse such as Wyck Hill is on top form, he is more than capable of winning.