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Tidal Bay 03/11/2012

Tidal Bay: has won his last two starts for trainer Paul Nicholls

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Tidal out to claim
Hennessy for Nicholls

A FULL day of racing takes place in Britain and Ireland on Saturday after Newcastle passed a morning inspection and the enigmatic Tidal Bay goes for glory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury (3.10).

Trained by Paul Nicholls, who won the race twice as a jockey and three times as a trainer, Tidal Bay has been successful in his last two starts.

Nicholls said: "Tidal Bay is in top form and has won his last two for us including over hurdles at Wetherby on his reappearance the other day. Obviously it's a tough ask off top-weight but he's in there with a good shout."

Down at the bottom of the weights, jockey Sam Waley-Cohen could be putting up overweight on his mount Frisco Depot.

Trainer Charlie Longsdon said on The Morning Line: "I don't think Sam will be able to do the weight although he'll be trying his hardest. I've said to him I don't want you so weak you can't ride the horse and would rather you're 2lb overweight and ride the horse properly."

Newcastle passed a morning inspection and the going is testing for the Fighting Fifth meeting while racing also takes place at Towcester, Fairyhouse and Wolverhampton.

Newbury: Chase
good to soft, hurdles soft, good to soft in places
Newcastle: Heavy, soft in places - passed morning inspection
Towcester: Good to soft, soft in places
Fairyhouse: Soft, heavy in places
Wolverhampton: Standard

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