AP McCoy is likely to ride Wyck Hill for the first time in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton on Saturday after the champion jockey's boss JP McManus yet again pulled out his chequebook.
McManus has never been scared of a high-profile purchase and two of his most recent buys, My Tent Or Yours and Jezki, dominate the ante-post betting for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival.
Wyck Hill was partly owned by his trainer David Bridgwater and the nine-year-old will stay at his Gloucestershire yard.
Were he to win or run well at the weekend – and he is the 5-2 favourite with most bookmakers – McManus and McCoy are likely to have a live outsider for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National.
Bridgwater, who trained The Giant Bolster to finish second to McManus' ill-fated Synchronised in the Gold Cup, said: "I presume Tony McCoy will be riding him at the weekend – they have their own jockey and it's their choice.
"But he stays with me and it's very exciting."