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It's easy for Tidal but don't write off Albertas just yet; TRADING REPORT.

TIDAL BAY got his season off to a solid start at Carlisle yesterday, winning the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase in pleasing style.

There were no great shocks in the in-running market. Howard Johnson's chaser didn't get any bigger than 1.6 at any stage, as main market rival Albertas Run ran a lifeless race on his seasonal debut, no doubt disheartening those who fancy him to be a leading Gold Cup contender at Cheltenham in March.

Having said that, I can remember Exotic Dancer showing even less in this race a couple of years ago and we can all remember the season he went on to have. Don't be shocked if Albertas Run does something similar.

Shoreacres much too classy

THE Brendan Powell-trained Shoreacres was one of the best bumper horses in Britain last season, finishing a highly creditable fourth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, and it was slightly surprising to see bookmakers chalk up Carole's Legacy as favourite in the opening maiden hurdle at Huntingdon.

Racing Post jumps handicapper Steve Mason rated Powell's gelding 24lb superior to Nicky Henderson's filly on last season's bumper form, and I'm sure Mason's tissue would have seen Shoreacres put in as favourite. Carole's Legacy was made to look one-paced by Shoreacres in the closing stages and it won't be long before Henderson runs his filly against members of her own sex, because she obviously doesn't have the class to mix it with the best of the boys.

Carole's Legacy was matched at a low of 1.7, while the runaway winner was done at 4.8 at one stage.

Henrietta Knight rates Somersby (matched at an in-running low of 3.25) as one of her best prospects, but he was a pre-race drifter and ran as though he needed the outing on his seasonal debut.

He should have no problem winning his maiden.

Idle Talk extends losing run

IT IS getting on for nearly three years since the Donald McCain-trained Idle Talk won a race, and at one stage in the 3m2f handicap chase at Carlisle, it looked as though he was going to end that unenviable losing run, as he traded at an in-running low of 1.04.

However, history tells us things are never that simple when it comes to Idle Talk and he was overhauled by See You There on the run-in, thus extending his poor wins-to-runs ratio.

The winner was matched at an in-running high of 36.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2008
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