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Wyck Hill and Rolling Aces remain in Racing Plus Chase at Kempton

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 17:27 | Comments

Tony McCoy is set to ride new purchase Wyck Hill for JP McManus on Saturday
Tony McCoy is set to ride new purchase Wyck Hill for JP McManus on Saturday

Wyck Hill and Rolling Aces head a competitive 13-runner field for Saturday's Racing Plus Chase at Kempton that also includes dual winner Nacarat.

The David Bridgwater-trained Wyck Hill was bought by leading owner JP McManus on Wednesday and a good performance in this £100,000 event could see him take up his entries in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National.

Rolling Aces has been progressing steadily for champion trainer Paul Nicholls and appears to have been saved for this race since winning easily at Wincanton on St Stephen’s Day.

The same yard also run top weight What A Friend for the first time this season.

Nicholls' Join Together was the only entry from the five-day stage not to be declared.

Trainer Tom George has always said that three miles around Kempton on decent ground are the optimum conditions for Nacarat and he proved last year that he is no back number. He returns off just a 1lb higher mark.

Philip Hobbs has a cracking record in the race with four wins and has two chances with Duke Of Lucca and former winner Quinz.

Hector's Choice, second to Nacarat 12 months ago, is back again while the novice Opening Batsman represents Harry Fry.

Same Difference, the Nicky Henderson duo of Roberto Goldback and Quantitativeeasing, Summery Justice and Mister Hyde complete the line-up.

Opening Batsman finished behind Rolling Aces at Wincanton on Boxing Day but enjoys a big turn around at the weights this weekend, which Fry hopes will help him close the gap.

"I think we can get our revenge on Rolling Aces. It's going to be close, that is for sure," Fry told At The Races.

"Last week we felt we had a strong each-way chance but when we saw there were only 14 at the five-day stage we looked at it in detail and thought we could go with every chance of winning.

"Noel (Fehily) schooled him on Tuesday and was delighted with him, he's still improving, the ground will see him to better effect and the step up to three miles on a flat right-handed track will play to his strengths."

Coral have Opening Batsman at 9-1 behind 5-2 favourite Wyck Hill, who they expect to see plenty of support for on the day given his new connections, with Tony McCoy in the saddle for the first time.

Coral spokesman Simon Clare said: "This is the big betting race of the day featuring one of the most exciting chasers in training and his jockey will now carry the colours of a punting legend.

"These are all the essential ingredients for a major nationwide gamble and I expect Wyck Hill to start 2-1 or shorter come race-time."

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