National aces please at Wincanton

  • Last Updated: March 24 2014, 16:39 GMT

Leading Crabbie's Grand National hopefuls Tidal Bay and Rocky Creek pleased trainer Paul Nicholls in a racecourse gallop at Wincanton on Monday with their big-race jockeys in the saddle.

Tidal Bay: Had a day out at Wincanton
Tidal Bay: Had a day out at Wincanton

Sam Twiston-Davies get the leg-up on the veteran Tidal Bay, with Noel Fehily partnering Rocky Creek in the two-mile workout at the Somerset venue.

Nicholls also took a few other members of his Ditcheat string to give them a working day out as part of preparations for Aintree early next month.

"I just took them to work at Wincanton and I was very happy with them, no problems at all," said Nicholls.

"They didn't jump any fences. It was basically just a day out for them. They just did two miles and enjoyed themselves.

"They went with several of our other horses who are running at Aintree."

Tidal Bay is a general 16-1 chance for the National, with Rocky Creek available at a best-priced 25-1.

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reopens David Pipe's Midlands Grand National winner Goulanes will not run at Aintree.

The Roger Brookhouse-owned eight-year-old has been roughed off for the season and will return next winter with the Liverpool contest as his major target.

Pipe told his website: "He was fine after the race, but has now gone back to his owner's for a holiday and appeals as a likely type for the race next season.

"That means that we will probably be three-handed in the National on Saturday week, with Our Father, The Package and old favourite Swing Bill likely to represent the Pond House team."