Hill has Gold option

  • Last Updated: January 8 2013, 11:35 GMT

David Bridgwater has entered Wyck Hill in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after his form received a major boost last weekend.

Wyck Hill: Gold Cup entry
Wyck Hill: Gold Cup entry

The nine-year-old beat Saturday's impressive Sandown winner Katenko at Ascot and with Venetia Williams handing her charge a Gold Cup place, Bridgwater felt it wise to have the same option.

Katenko has been given a new rating of 147 with Wyck Hill raised a further 1lb to 140.

Wyck Hill could run in Racing Plus Chase at Kempton at the end of next month or the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster and he will be entered in the Grand National.

Bridgwater also has last year's Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster in the mix.

"We've been put up to 140 but I know ours is the better horse," said Bridgwater.

"I've entered him in the Gold Cup. He'll also have entries for the Racing Plus Chase and the Sky Bet Chase but I might just wait until the Grand National weights come out (February 12) before I run him again.

"We've always thought he was a good horse and he proved that at Ascot. People thought I was mad running him 6lb out of the handicap, but he won a 40-grand race.

"For a yard like ours to have two horses in the Gold Cup that we've brought up from scratch is amazing, but we don't seem to get any credit because we aren't fashionable.

"I knew Kempton wouldn't suit The Bolster but the Gold Cup does, it's a unique race. He'll go for the Argento next.

"Wyck Hill looks a well-handicapped horse now. They think a fair bit of Katenko but we think a fair bit of ours. We want to prove small trainers can do it.

"In my view, Long Run is still very much the one to beat in March. He's a class act whereas Sir Des Champs might not be good enough and Flemenstar isn't guaranteed to stay even if he runs. He might stay three miles next time but that's not three and a quarter.

"Everyone else is looking to pick up the pieces for me, like we did last year.

"I've been trying to sell a third of Wyck Hill since Ascot as I still own a bit of him, unbelievably no one has come forward. They might do after his next race."

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