There will never be an excuse needed to watch a re-run of the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup, but punters looking at Tidal Bay for the Grand National should take another look.
He may have finished sixth and 23 lengths behind the winner, but the Howard Johnson-trained 10-year-old finished the race strongly and the 4m 4f trip that the Grand National provides should suit Tidal Bay to a tee.
At 33/1 to win the Grand National, Tidal Bay offers plenty of each-way value considering his Aintree record reads three wins, two seconds, one fourth and one fifth, and with 29 races to his name under rules, the 10-year old is not short of experience.
Just a day after Tidal Bay’s Cheltenham Gold Cup rival What A Friend (12/1) was declared a runner in the Grand National should the ground stay good, Johnson declared his Gold Cup star in what is shaping up to be a very intriguing National.
The Midnight Club currently heads the betting at 10/1 and if rumours are to be believed, The Midnight Club seems Ruby Walsh’s most likely mount for the National.
Other than his first ever start, The Midnight Club has never finished out of the placings in any of his 14 rules races and has six wins to his name.
Having beaten the highly fancied (should he make the cut) 20/1 shot Arbor Supreme on his last outing, the form looks solid for the Willie Mullins star and Ruby would have no qualms jumping on board.
One horse not to back is Junior who after his Gold Cup win was cut into 14/1 to win the Grand National.
However the David Pipe horse is currently 68th on the list and it would take a miracle for Junior to line up alongside the 40 Grand National runners.
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