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Hill set for Becher test

David Bridgwater has no concerns about Wyck Hill taking to the Grand National fences at Aintree in the Becher Chase.

The former jockey has always viewed the nine-year-old as a potential Grand National horse, but injury ruled him out of last season's big race.

He shot up the ratings last term after beating Katenko at Ascot and Bridgwater is looking forward to the big test.

When asked if he would find out if Wyck HIll was a Grand National horse this weekend, Bridgwater said: "I already know the answer!

"He'll be grand over the fences, I've no doubt about that. You can prepare them at home for the fences all you like, but some of them take to it and some don't.

"I didn't know what to make of his comeback at Ascot but he's in better shape now.

"He's a good horse and he wants a trip, which he'll get this weekend.

"I'd like it to rain a bit, though. He'd prefer it a bit softer than it is now so some rain wouldn't hurt.

"I've watched the last few runnings of this race and there's been a few small fields so it's typical that when I have a runner, it looks like there's going to be loads.

"I'm excited about running him."