Wyck Hill staked his claims for a place in the Crabbies Grand National for trainer David Bridgwater and the colours of JP McManus after landing the third longest race in the country, the Eider Chase.
The 9-1 shot led home a McManus 1-2 after narrowly beating Smoking Aces who had been sent off 6-1 favourite.
Wyck Hill who had been a big money purchase by McManus last year had very much been targeted for the last years Grand National before disappointing and had shown little in previous starts.
Taking the lead in the home straight, the 10-year old began to idle, allowing Smoking Aces the opportunity to mount a challenge but it was the best horse who won under the ride of Tom Scudamore.
Attention will now turn to the 2014 running of the Grand National providing he comes out of the race well and makes it into the Aintree showpiece.
Bridgwater added: “That was absolutely brilliant, Tom gave him a great ride hee knows the horse really well. He got the trip really well and definitely liked the ground. It’s great to get a first winner for JP.”
The last horse to win the Eider Chase and go on to win the Grand National was the David Pipe trained Comply Or Die in 2008.
“Obviously the National is the next target but I’ll speak to JP and Mr [Frank] Berry and see what plans we have for him. If today is his Grand National then that’ll do nicely.”