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Thursday 21 August 2014

World Hurdle bid on cards for Tidal Bay

Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00

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Paul Nicholls has hinted that Tidal Bay could miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup in favour of bidding for a novel double in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Aintree Grand National.

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The talented 11-year-old leapt into the picture for the Betfred Gold Cup in March with a dramatic last-gasp triumph in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.

"He'll have an entry for the World Hurdle and for the Gold Cup. The ground will play a big part in it," Nicholls revealed.

"The ground would want to be soft at Cheltenham for him to run in the Gold Cup. It's the quickest track, I think, and it's not necessarily his cup of tea."

Meanwhile, Cheltenham officials will inspect the track this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's big New Year's Day fixture. Parts of the course have water resting on it.

Irish Independent

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