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

Wyck Hill: a 50-1 chance for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Wyck Hill 'capable of big Gold Cup performance'

TRAINER David Bridgwater feels Wyck Hill can produce a performance similar to the one put up by stablemate The Giant Bolster in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup last year if the nine-year-old heads for the big one at the Festival.

The Giant Bolster started 50-1 for last year's Gold Cup and led two out but was collared late by Synchronised.

Wyck Hill is a 50-1 shot for this year's contest and is unbeaten in two starts this season. A bold performance in his next outing in the Sky Bet Chase or the Racing Plus Chase will put him "in the mix"  according to Bridgwater.

He said: "He's what the French call a soldier. He doesn't think much and you could point him at a brick wall and he would gallop at it.

"If he goes and wins or runs well in the Sky Bet Chase or the Racing Plus Chase all of a sudden he's in the mix. There's good prize-money down to fifth or six. It was the same with The Giant Bolster last year."

The Giant Bolster was pulled up on his last outing in the King George and has been earmarked for the Grade 2 Argento Chase next Saturday by his trainer.

Speaking on At The Races, Bridgwater added: "The Giant Bolster's fine. He came back from Kempton and he just wasn't quite right. He was beaten before [Tony] McCoy got on him. You've just got to put a line through it and move on.

"It would be good to run at Cheltenham or there's the Denman Chase if it's off but it's not the end of the world if he doesn't run."

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