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Hewick Horse - Age, weight, trainer, owner, race record and form

Hewick's standing as one of jumps racing's unlikely hero's was rubberstamped at Kempton over Christmas, with his superb last-to-fire swoop stunning the leading contenders in the King George VI Chase.

Connections continue to say they are "living the dream" with the nine-year-old, who has gone from strength to strength since being purchased for just €850.

Hewick had initially been intended as a runner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but soft going forced trainer John Hanlon to withdraw him while his long-term ambition, the Grand National, has also been put on the back burner.

Hanlon has decided to scratch his runner from the Aintree showpiece, instead targeting the Grade One Aintree Bowl which comes only two days earlier.

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Hewick Owner

Hewick is owned by TJ McDonald, an Irish farmer who has enjoyed a remarkable journey since he got involved in horse racing.

McDonald purchased his runner for just €850 and he has repaid every penny and then some after a remarkable career, with the nine-year-old still having plenty of miles left on the clock.

Hewick Trainer

Hewick is based at John Hanlon's stable in County Carlow and he has managed to get the best out of McDonald's runner.

Hanlon, better known as "Shark", has trained Hewick since he made his debut in 2019 and he has enjoyed some incredible success so far, winning the American Grand National and the King George VI Chase.

Hewick Age

Hewick is a nine-year-old who made his debut at Tramore in 2019, finishing fifth in a Maiden Hurdle contest.

Hewick Official Rating

Hewick's official rating as a chaser is 169 after his latest success at Kempton on Boxing Day, but he has raced off a career-high 170 in the past.

The switch to fences is what has been the making of the son of Virtual, as he was rated only 135 when raced over hurdles.

Hewick Weight

Hewick last raced off a weight of 11st 10lbs when winning the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

He did race off 11st 12lbs back in August in the Galway Plate and if he ever contests a handicap in the near future, then it is likely that he would have to give a lot of weight to his rivals.

Hewick Next Race

Connections had entered Hewick into the two biggest National Hunt races of the season, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National.

However, the going ruled Hewick out of his Gold Cup bid while he has subsequently been scratched from the Grand National, instead favouring a shot at the Aintree Bowl.

Hewick is 16/1 to defend his crown in next season’s King George and that is likely to be a long-term goal for his ambitious connections.

Hewick Record

Since making his debut in 2019, Hewick has competed in 34 races under rules.

He raced over hurdles on 21 occasions before being sent over the bigger obstacles in recent years.

Hewick has competed in 13 chase races and he has had plenty of success during that time, winning six of his starts over fences.

From his 34 runs, he has 10 wins and he has been a model of consistency with another six runner-up efforts.

Hewick Prize Money

Hewick's connections have banked over £613,000 in total prize money so far, and the majority of that has come from his wins in the King George VI Chase and the American Grand National.

He has won £562,716 from his 10 wins, with over £130,000 of that coming from his high-profile victory in the States. The King George success saw him pocket £143,045.

Hewick News

Hewick supporters have had to be patient, with the nine-year-old having been absent since causing an upset in the King George on Boxing Day.

The wet weather put pay to his chances in the Gold Cup, with Hanlon unprepared to risk his stable star on soft ground, while it has now been confirmed that he won’t run in the Grand National either.

That is because connections are favouring a tilt at the Aintree Bowl on Thursday 11th April, a Grade One chase ran over 3m 210y in which Shishkin triumphed in last season.

Speaking to Racing TV, Hanlon said: "I’m going for the Bowl and then after it’s quite possible we’ll come back to Punchestown for the Gold Cup there.

"I want to go for the Gold Cup next year, so he can go for the National next year, and the Bowl looks the race now as a lot of the horses out of the Bowl will have run in the Gold Cup and our lad will be going there fresh.

"What have you going for the Bowl? Paul Nicholls’ horse (Bravemansgame) will probably go again, but he got a hard race at Cheltenham, and you don’t know how Nicky Henderson’s horse (Shishkin) is.

"It’s a £250,000 race, so it’s worth a lot of money, and that’s our aim."

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