Paul Nicholls

Lucky Number Seven For Nicholls

The Paul Nicholls duo of Tidal Bay and Rocky Creek are well suited to the Crabbie’s Grand National claims their Ditcheat based trainer.

Talking about his hopes for Tidal Bay, Nicholls told AtTheRaces ‘‘The National should suit him. The style of the way the race is run over a trip should suit him. He ran very well in the Welsh National off top weight.”

There’s no doubting  Tidal Bay ran a solid race in the Coral Welsh National, finishing third despite carrying a hefty 11st 12lb. Nevertheless, the 13 year old veteran will need the Aintree ground on the soft side come early April.

‘‘If it keeps on raining and the ground is testing and we’re happy with him then it’s definitely a possibility, but we haven’t made a definite decision yet,’’ said Nicholls.

Before suffering a stress fracture last season, Tidal Bay was heavily fancied for the 2013 Grand National, the Andrea and Graham Wylie owned horse is currently a 25/1 shot for this years race.

If the ground doesn’t come right for Tidal Bay, Nicholls will not be up the proverbial creek without a paddle. In total he has 7 horses entered into the 2014 renewal. The promising eight year old Rocky Creek, who was second in the Hennessy Gold Cup looks like the sort who would relish a spin over the National fences.

‘‘He’s a great jumper. Ruby (Walsh) always thought last year he was a National horse more than a Gold Cup horse,’’

“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet and if we can keep him going forward, find another race for him, I’ve always thought the National would suit him.” said Nicholls.

The magnificent seven entered in the Crabbie’s Grand National by trainer Paul Nicholls are: Tidal Bay, Hawkes Point, There’s No Panic, Rocky Creek, Kauto Stone, Mon Parrain and Sire Collonges.

The old adage goes… ‘You can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket’ and whilst many punters still consider the National to be a bit of a lottery, the odds of winning surely favour those who’ve bought more tickets.