Paul Nicholls has received the news that Tidal Bay has a tiny stress fracture and is out of the Grand National
I have got some bad news to report. Tidal Bay is out of the Grand National.
As previously mentioned, he was slightly lame before the Argento and we couldn't get him ready in time for that race, or the Irish Hennessy.
He was out cantering as usual on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday we decided to step up his work.
But his work rider came back up and said he didn't feel right.
So we immediately called in Buffy and, after discussions, we got him down to Newmarket today for an MRI Scan.
The news through from Buffy is that Tidal Bay has a tiny stress fracture of the lower cannon bone on his right hind leg. This is something that the X-rays we took before his problem in the Argento didn't pick up; only today's MRI did.
He needs a month's box rest, so that rules out the National.
As soon as I got the news, I immediately rang Mr Wylie and we agreed to release this statement as soon as possible.