Tatenen faces his toughest test since his novice chasing days in tomorrow’s Grade 1 Ascot Chase (3.00). A good class handicapper he steps up here to take on the likes of Riverside Theatre, 15lbs his superior on official ratings.
Tatenen was a promising youngster who ran in several grade 1 races when trained by Paul Nicholls, but he never quite made it to the top. He is only 8 and has had his best start to a season for some time, running well behind Quantitativeasing (he was hampered twice) then going to Ascot last time where he showed medal-winning battling qualities coming back close home to reclaim his long held lead from I’msingingtheblues.
He’s run twice over this course and distance and won both – the ground will be perfect for him and Andrew Thornton seems to have built a solid relationship with him. Riverside Theatre and Kauto Stone will dominate the betting though I expect Gauvain, ridden by the excellent Noel Fehily to run well back over this more suitable trip (he tends to get rushed into errors over 2 miles).
I’ll be betting Gauvain at around 7/1 but can’t resist a bet on Tatenen at around 40s on Betfair (25/1 with the bookmakers).
My only other bet tomorrow will be The Minack, top weight in the 2.25 at Ascot. I was most impressed by his stamina and attitude when winning over this course and distance last time. He has top weight but I’m hoping Ruby will give him another fine ride and a good view of his fences.