Tidal Baywon the Grade 1 Lexus Chase by a head on his last startPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Tidal Bay now 50:50 to run in Argento Chase
PAUL NICHOLLS, who on Thursday described Tidal Bay's participation in the Argento Chase as doubtful has on Friday changed that prognosis to 50:50 after an improvement in the horse's condition.
"Tidal Bay has marginally improved and I would now rate his chances of running in tomorrow's Argento Chase at Cheltenham at 50:50," Nicholls said in his Betfair blog.
"The problem was pus in his foot and, without getting technical, we are adopting the normal treatments and procedures in these circumstances.
"I have had plenty of horses with a similar problem in the past, and they have run in the same timeframe. A lot can happen in 24 hours. It is all about how he responds to the treatment now, but we are heading in the right direction.
"He will be left in the race at the overnight stage, and we will make a decision in the morning. He will be given an hour on the walker this morning, and again this evening, so we will keep him ticking over."