Tidal's tops for Na­tional

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By STEVE MULLEN

TIDAL BAY will have to lump top weight of 11st 10lb in the Grand Na­tional at Ain­tree on April 6.

Paul Ni­cholls’ classy chaser should really carry 9lb more but hand­i­cap­per Phil Smith is al­lowed to tinker with the weights for chas­ing’s big­gest race.

Ni­cholls won it with the now re­tired Nep­tune Col­longes last year but sec­ond home Sun­ny­hill Boy will be back for an­other go.

His trainer Jonjo O’Neill said: “Sun­ny­hill­boy adapted well last year and if he could do that again and maybe a small bit more, I’d be de­lighted. He might run at Chel­tenham be­fore­hand.”

One trainer who isn’t happy with the weights is Ted Walsh who has a big chance with Se­abass.

He said: “I don’t know how Se­abass can get over 11st this year if Tidal Bay is rated 171 and my horse is rated 154. What­ever Phil Smith does, he does and I can’t change it. You don’t have to be a math­e­ma­ti­cian to sub­tract 54 from 71.

“Se­abass will run some­where in the next three weeks to a month. There is just over seven weeks to Liver­pool so I would like to get a run into him.”

NA­TIONAL ODDS: 8 Prince De Beauch­ene, 12 On His Own, 16 Col­bert Sta­tion, Se­abass, 20 Cappa Bleu, Join To­gether, Teaforthree, Sun­ny­hill­boy, 25 The Package, Wyck Hill

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