It was little surprise to many that the 10-year-old unshipped Brian Hughes at Aintree. Tidal Bay’s renowned for sloppy jumping over fences, yet Saturday was the first time in his 30-race career he has failed to finish. Bar one 7th and one 5th, the horse has never been out of the first four.
“I don’t know what to do with him at the moment, but he didn’t really have a race at Aintree,” said Johnson.
“He only got as far as the 10th and he was just lobbing along on the inside when he got rid of Brian .
“The horse has come back and has been in the field ever since. He’s bucking, kicking and squealing.
“He’s eating up well and kicking sky-high when other horses are going past. He’s very well.
“He doesn’t over-exert himself and he’s had an easy season. He’s been geared up for the Grand National and it went wrong on me.
“He’s a 10-year-old now and where can he go now? I might be tempted to run him on Saturday.”