Tidal Bay: Leopardstown should suit Hennessy runner-up says Ruby WalshPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Lexus mission next stop for reformed Tidal Bay
PAUL NICHOLLS wasted no time in nominating Leopardstown's Lexus Chase on December 28 as the next objective for reformed character Tidal Bay, who made a brave effort to give 6lb to rising star Bobs Worth in the Hennessy.
Ruby Walsh gave the Lexus plan his full approval and added the course was likely to suit Tidal Bay.
Nicholls said: "I was pretty sure he'd run well today because his confidence is on a high and he looked so well.
"We know a lot more about him now. It was a terrific effort and he was putting everything in."
The trainer added: "The Lexus looks a good race for him. He'll certainly have an entry in the Gold Cup because if it came up very testing he'd be right there with a chance.
"This was an interesting race in many respects. If Bobs Worth is a Gold Cup horse he needs to be beating us here when getting 6lb."
Walsh said: "It was a cracking run; those second-season novices are just a bit ahead. I thought I might have a chance coming to the last but I could see that Barry [Geraghty] hadn't gone for everything."
Mouse Morris, trainer of Hennessy third home First Lieutenant, said: "He took the life out of me with that jump at the third-last but he's run a cracker on that ground. He was up there the whole way and it was just a bit tacky for him.
"He's a good-ground horse and better in the spring. His next start will be in the Lexus before we look ahead to the spring."
First Lieutenant's rider Bryan Cooper added: "The ground was a bit dead for him but he jumped brilliantly. I'd be happy to take on the winner again on better ground."
Tom Scudamore, jockey of Hennessy fourth-placed The Package, said: "I've had a great ride. He's been beaten by Gold Cup horses, it's as simple as that. I hope Timmy [Murphy, injured and missed the ride] will be back soon."