Tidal Bay has shortened slightly in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting from 50/1 to 40/1 and trainer Howard Johnson does not feel he is without an each-way chance in the race.
The ten-year-old saw his price cut for a Cheltenham Festival victory after a typically frustrating performance saw him finish second in the Argento Chase behind Neptune Collonges.
It typically took Tidal Bay too long to warm to the task at hand and despite his usual fast finish, he still left himself too much to do to reel in the surprise winner.
Johnson believes that the inconsistent pace set throughout by Neptune Collonges would not have done his horse any favours and feels that the Cheltenham Gold Cup will be run more to suit him.
He said: “They just went too slow for him through the race. You can’t do anything else than what we did with our horse and he’ll go for the Gold Cup now as there’s nothing else for him.
“He might plod into a bit of place money there as he should get a better pace and it’s over a bit further as well, which would suit him.”
With Tidal Bay also often happy to sit off the pace and bide his time, a quickly-run race may also mean that he can gradually move through the field and pick off some rivals who begin to falter back through the field.
Imperial Commander is the current favourite to win a second successive Cheltenham Gold Cup at 7/2, with King George winner Long Run available at 5/1.
Neptune Collonges has been given a 33/1 quote following his Cheltenham victory in the Argento Chase.
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