Nicholls delighted with Tidal Bay

PAUL Nicholls was thrilled yesterday after his 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National hopes Rocky Creek and Tidal Bay impressed in a racecourse gallop at Wincanton. Sam Twiston-Davies got the leg-up on Tidal Bay with Noel Fehily partnering Rocky Creek in the two-mile half-speed workout. Nicholls said he would now keep Tidal Bay, who is 16-1 second …[Read More]

Our Father the Hennessy value

by JACK MILNER The Hennessy Gold Cup has a rich history of favouring second season chasers, the likes of Denman (2007), Diamond Harry (2009) and last year’s winner Bobs Worth all succeeding in recent years. Alan King’s Invictus was the ante-post favourite but has drifted like a barge in the past week or so. Should …[Read More]

Hennessy Gold Cup: Invincible Invictus

ON November 17, 2011, at the now defunct Hereford racecourse, I witnessed something wonderful in what was a fairly workaday novices’ handicap chase. It was the chasing debut of a young horse who, despite showing promise and winning once at Ascot, hadn’t pulled up any trees over hurdles, but who had always looked like fences …[Read More]

Tofino Bay shakes up RSA Chase betting

AMID racing’s weekend whiteout there were a couple of telling Cheltenham Festival clues at Naas. One was Un Atout’s facile victory, while the other was TOFINO BAY’S gritty display in the Grade 2 novices chase. Dessie Hughes’ chaser outstayed the promising AUPCHARLIE and was given quotes ranging from 16/1 to 20/1 for the RSA Chase. …[Read More]