Aintree for Bay and Chase
Tidal Bay and Midnight Chase could be set to turn up at Aintree for duty next month and the former could take his chance in the National.
Last Updated: 19/03/11 11:08am
Howard Johnson is tempted to let Tidal Bay take his chance in this year's National.
The enigmatic 10-year-old did well to finish sixth in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup under Brian Hughes, especially as he is a far sharper animal on a rain-softened surface.
Johnson said: "He ran a great race, but it's a pity they hadn't had a drop of rain as he would have got a bit closer with a bit of cut.
"We'll give him a week to come to himself, but I might take a chance with him in the National - it's either that or the totesport Bowl.
"He's got lots of weight in the National, but he comes alight in races he's never run in before.
"He's jumping as well as ever and that longer trip, with a clear run, might be just the ticket."
Midnight Chase is likely to report for duty at Aintree next month after he stayed on to take fifth spot, one place in front of Tidal Bay.
Neil Mulholland's brave nine-year-old, who endeavoured to make all of the running, kept going in the straight having seemingly been well beaten.
He is now poised to take his chance in the totesport Bowl on Merseyside, where he could return a year later for the John Smith's Grand National.
Mulholland said: "He stayed and galloped all the way to the line and I was delighted with him.
"He didn't let anyone down and he's come home in one piece.
"I thought he was going to drop away, and, at one stage, it even looked like he was going to get lapped.
"But the longer the race went on, the more I wanted the winning line to be further away as all he does is stay.
"He's probably a National horse next year but first we'll probably look at going to Aintree next month for the totesport Bowl.
"This year's National will be a year too soon. The Scottish National is a very small option but with a mark of 163, having to give a lot of weight away would be very hard for him.
"I see him as good staying chaser for next year so we'll probably have another go in the Gold Cup before the National."