Hennessy pair set for Lexus clash
Paul Nicholls tweeted on Sunday morning that his Hennessy Gold Cup runner-up Tidal Bay returned unscathed from Newbury.
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The revitalised 11-year-old is now in the frame to contest the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28, where he could renew rivalry with First Lieutenant.
Mouse Morris' decision to travel over from Ireland with the seven-year-old gelding was vindicated after he finished an honourable third.
"It was a pity the ground was tacky, but he ran a big race," said County Tipperary-based Morris.
"He jumped super and was given a great ride - what more can you ask?
"I'll have to talk to Michael (O'Leary, owner), but we'll probably go for the Lexus."
Frisco Depot was quietly fancied to do well in the Hennessy, but he was pulled up before the third fence from home and Charlie Longsdon feels something may have been amiss.
"He's fine, but we was disappointing," said Longsdon.
"He stopped fairly quickly, so I'll probably get his wind checked before we think about making plans."