McManus 1-2 In Eider

Wyck Hill was able to outstay his rivals on Saturday in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle.

The 4m1f contest is the third longest race in the Britain, behind the Grand National and Midlands Grand National. The 10-year old prevailed by just under a length ahead of Smoking Aces.

Owner John McManus purchased Wyck Hill over a year ago as a horse which would hopefully help him win the Grand National. However, before his run on Saturday in the Eider, he had shown nothing to represent he could be a serious challenger for the world’s most famous steeplechase.

Jockey Tom scudamore chose to take up the running quite early in the 4m1f race with the David Bridgewater trained horse. Despite idling in the closing couple of furlongs, he was able to hold on in front of Smoking Aces who also ran in the McManus silks.

Wyck Hill went off at racing odds of 9/1 to reward backers at Newcastle. His return to a winning mark sparked the horse to success.

Bridegwater’s runner had not won since December 2012. It was his fourth outing of the season in which an increase in distance and drop in class appeared to beneficial.

Bet365 make Wyck Hill a 25/1 shot for the Grand National in April in the racing betting, Teaforthree remains the 10/1 favourite, while Tidal Bay will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win off top weight and is 16/1 with bet365 to do so.

Ballypatrick was a further two lengths behind the first two home at Newcastle under three pound claimer Gavin Sheehan. The trio of horses were well clear of Safran De Cotte who completed the placings in fourth place.

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