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

Wyck Hill: had been a 33-1 chance for the John Smith's Grand National

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Injury rules Wyck Hill out of Grand National

WYCK HILL will miss this year's John Smith's Grand National after failing to recover in time from an injury sustained at Kempton last month.

The nine-year-old, who was 33-1 for Aintree, was to form part of a JP McManus assault on the iconic contest after he was snapped up from his previous owners the SAB Partnership in mid-February.

However, Wyck Hill ripped the skin from his near-hind leg during the Racing Plus Chase, for which he was sent off favourite but trailed in 11th of 13, requiring staples and time to recover and trainer David Bridgwater said on Thursday that time had run out for his Aintree contender.

"We've run out of time with Wyck Hill," he said. "It's a real shame but he missed a couple of week's work and you can't go into a race like the National like that.

"He is in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown and has a couple of races he could go for in Punchestown as well."

Bridgwater had more positive news on his other stable star The Giant Bolster, who is on course for the Grade 1 Betfred Bowl at Aintree on April 4.

The Giant Bolster was fourth in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and Bridgwater said: "All is going well with The Giant Bolster and he goes for the Betfred Bowl. He's in good form at home."

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