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Desmond Orchard
10 Oct 13 13:21
Date Joined: 28 Jun 04
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Tidal Bay for me. I loved the old rogue, with last seasons Lexus being the highlight of the season.
Since everyone on here claims to have backed him in the Arkle, I doubt he owed many of us a penny and nothing was more fun than trying to guess whether or not he was going to put a shift in.
It wasn't until the twilight of his career that he found a decent handler and his true potential unleashed. Had he had that throughout, then Kauto & Denman would've had another rival for our affections.
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Report BJG October 10, 2013 1:46 PM BST
Why Confused He's still in training and following the same path as last year
Report Desmond Orchard October 10, 2013 1:50 PM BST
LOL, good way to start a fred. I'd heard he had been retired.
Ah well, I'll TTT this next October.
Report BJG October 10, 2013 2:34 PM BST
Grin from his stable tour a few weeks back:

Tidal Bay

A fantastic horse to be involved with. He won over hurdles at Wetherby, then he was second in the Hennessy, giving weight to the winner, who went on to win the Gold Cup. He gave me one of the proudest moments of my career when he won the Lexus in Ireland, just getting up on the line. Ruby said he was always going to get there, but it didn't look that way to me! He picked up an injury that day that wiped out the rest of his season but he's fully recovered now. He seems as good and as enthusiastic as ever. We're hopeful there's still another good race in him and we'll probably follow the same sort of route this year as last.
Report Makybe_Diva October 10, 2013 10:05 PM BST
I hope he gets through the coming season safe and sound and gets to enjoy a happy retirement.
Report ReaseHeath October 10, 2013 11:34 PM BST
Fair Along Sad
Report Joist October 11, 2013 12:05 PM BST
Fair Along for sure Sad Went off favourite for the Arkle in his pomp if I remember rightly
Report duffy October 11, 2013 4:46 PM BST
countrywide flame out for the season
Report CheltenhamRoar October 11, 2013 4:53 PM BST
Go Native
Report Glossy October 13, 2013 11:40 PM BST
Trusty old boys like Nacarat and Hello Bud. Never found wanting for heart.
Report gnashersblackpool October 14, 2013 12:19 AM BST
big bucks
Report Brownes Gazette would have won October 15, 2013 10:22 AM BST
Report rogerthebutler October 15, 2013 12:29 PM BST

Three uninteresting races after four real thrillers on Festival Tuesday - so I won't be seeing her (again) this season.
Report wellchief October 15, 2013 7:32 PM BST
Darlan vs Champagne Fever in the Arkle; that'd be worth the entrance fee alone.
Report shockster October 17, 2013 11:03 AM BST
Midnight Chase - A real trier and did me a few favours has been retired.
Report Ballydoyle October 17, 2013 1:44 PM BST
Un Atout - my Arkle hope
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