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Hill "very sore" after reverse

Wyck Hill must recover from a cut leg if he is to run in the Cheltenham Festival or the John Smith's Grand National.

The nine-year-old had stitches and staples put into his near-hind leg after he finished 11th of the 12 finishers in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

He had been sent off the 3-1 favourite to win the valuable three-mile handicap on his first start since being bought by powerful owner JP McManus.

"At the races he had about eight stitches and about 14 staples put in his leg," said trainer David Bridgwater.

"He was sound when he left the races, he'd had a painkiller, and he's very sore.

"I think it's superficial. It's more peeled the skin back as opposed to going into the flesh, and that would be very sore.

"I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing.

"I'm not sure where he did it. Normally he's a very fluent jumper and he never jumped anything, so whether he did something early on, who knows?

"He's sore, but he'll he fine.

"The vet's coming to see him and we'll take it from there."

Wyck Hill holds entries in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase and the Betfred Cheltenham Gold at the Festival next month, and is now as big as 50-1 for the National in April.