Trainer Paul Nicholls had a Cheltenham festival that he will wish to forget as soon as possible as he ensured a very difficult time at the festival with only just one winner and a serious injury to stable number one jocoket Daryle Jacob. Paul’s frustration was very obvious for everyone to see as the event got to its 4th day without the Ditcheat trainer entered the winner’s enclosure.
On the 4th day, the event started with Nicholls and all his entrants looking likely to continue their bad run as Calipto ended a luckless 4th in the triumple hurdle. However, Lac Fontana gave Nicholls and Jacob something to smile about when he won the county hurdle. However, Jacob and Nicholls’ joy soon turned to sorrow when Jacob severely hurt himself in a dramatic incident when starting his second race of the day.
Some of the well known stars who failed woefully at the course are Big Buck in the world Hurdle and Silvinianco Conti in the Gold cup. Nicholls had had to wait a very long time to get his grand national duck broken as Neptune Collonges gave him his first victory in 2012. In what seems like a soldier retreating in order to go and reinforce, Nicholls is now ready to send two of his classiest chases to the grand national next month.
Top weight Tidal Bay is a horse that so many horse racing fans are familiar with. He will be taking part in Grand National 2014 with the hope of not only overcoming weight but also age. Although he will be saddled with top weight, Tidal Bay actually 7 pounds heavier than most of his rivals. The fact that he had a good time at the Welsh National must have given Nicholls the hope that the 13 years olds horse is still capable of delivering at the big event. Aside Tidal Bay, Nicholls will also be hoping Rocky Creek will do well. He has so far this season managed 2 second finishes in both races he has started this season.