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Wyck Hill and Tom Scudamore on the way to victory at Ascot

Wyck Hill has been bought by JP McManus since his win at Ascot (pictured)

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Wyck Hill still on track for the Grand National

THE dream of John Smith's Grand National glory is still very much alive for Wyck Hill according to trainer David Bridgwater, despite a disappointing effort in Saturday's Racing Plus Chase at Kempton.

After finishing 11th on his first run for new owner JP McManus, 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.

After watching Speedy Bruere score at Towcester on Sunday, 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."

Looking to the future, Bridgwater confirmed that the Grand National remains the main objective. "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."

Having been as short as 16-1 for the National prior to Saturday's run, Wyck Hill is now a general 33-1 chance for the world's most famous chase.

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