TATENEN (FR) FACTFILE
b g Lost World (IRE) – Tamaziya (IRE) (Law Society (USA))
9-10-10 Jump Form: 1124/112F2/5U369UP/363170/715U-606
Owner: The Stewart Family Trainer: Richard Rowe Breeder: Olivier Tricot
I’m grateful to Racenews for supplying factfiles for every runner in the John Smith’s Grand National. I reformat these and publish as I get them, with the first batch coming out 2 weeks before the big race on April 6th. By the eve of the National all factfiles will be published here. You can find others by clicking on the factfiles tag at the foot of this post
Tatenen, born on April 21, 2004, displayed limited signs of ability in three Flat appearances for his first trainer Dominique Bressou in France in 2007 but the son of Lost World made a winning debut over hurdles in September of the same year, running on strongly to beat Songe by eight lengths in a Listed contest at Auteuil. He followed up with another impressive success at the same course a month later, taking the Grade Two Prix Georges de Talhouet-Roy by four lengths, and was purchased by the Stewart Family shortly afterwards. Tatenen made his British debut under the care of trainer Paul Nicholls in the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in December, 2007, when he ran well to take second behind Franchoek.
He also finished behind the Alan King-trained horse on his only other start of the season, coming home fourth in a juvenile hurdle at Cheltenham in January, 2008. Tatenen made an exciting start to his chasing career, following up a ready success in a Listed novices’ chase at Aintree in October, 2008, with a comprehensive victory in a Grade Two novices’ chase at The Open at Cheltenham the following month. Stepped up to Grade One company for the Durkan New Homes Novice Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting, Tatenen ran a superb race in defeat to go down by a short-head to Follow The Plan.
He fell at the third fence in the Racing Post Arkle Chase at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival and faded in the closing stages to come home second, beaten eight lengths by Kalahari King, in the John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April, 2009. After ending a highly encouraging first season chasing with a fifth in the Swordlestown Cup Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival, Tatenen failed to live up to his lofty expectations in the 2009/2010 as he produced a string of efforts littered with jumping errors. He made the frame in just one of his six starts that term, when coming home third in a four-runner graduation chase at Sandown, and ended his campaign with another below par effort as he was pulled up in the Listed John Smith’s Handicap Chase at Aintree in April, 2010.
Tatenen was switched to the West Sussex stables of Richard Rowe during the summer of 2010 and he made an encouraging start for his new handler, taking third in a Kempton Park graduation chase in November of the same year. He failed to build on that effort in two subsequent starts at Ascot and Newbury but bounced back to form with an impressive 16-length victory in a valuable Ascot handicap chase in January, 2011, when he was ridden for the first time by Andrew Thornton. Jumping errors once again cost Tatenen on his next two starts – in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton and the Byrne Group Plate at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival – but he was unlucky to be hampered twice on his first start of the 2011/2012 campaign in the Spinal Research the Atlantic 4 Gold Cup at Cheltenham in December, 2011.
Tatenen headed back to Ascot the following month to post a second successive victory in the handicap chase he had captured 12 months earlier as he rallied gamely to score by a head. He returned to the Berkshire course for the Betfair Ascot Chase in February, 2012, and ran respectably to finish fifth. Ill fortune struck Tatenen again in last year’s John Smith’s Grand National as his jockey Andrew Thornton was unseated after being hampered at the Canal Turn on the first circuit. This season has included three appearances in competitive handicap chases – commencing with a well-beaten sixth on heavy ground in the Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup at Cheltenham on December 15. Tatenen faded in the closing stages to come home seventh in a Listed contest at Ascot on February 16 but produced a better effort in the extended two-mile Johnny Henderson Grand Annual at Cheltenham on March 15, when he stayed on to take sixth after being hampered twice. Jump Race Record: Starts: 29; Wins: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £336,141
The Stewart Family
The Stewart family comprises London-based husband and wife, Andy and Judy Stewart, and their two sons, Mark and Paul. Paul, broke his back in a snowboarding accident in December, 2008, but has made tremendous progress to walk again and the family have sponsored several races at Cheltenham, including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the December Gold Cup for the benefit of Spinal Research.
Andy Stewart, 61, went to Felsted School in Essex and used to bunk off to go point-to-pointing at Marks Tey. He would also hitchhike to Liverpool to attend the Grand National meeting. He began work aged 17 in the fixed-interest department of Simon & Coates, eventually becoming a senior partner at that stockbroking firm. He became chief executive of Chase Manhattan Securities when it took over Simon & Coates. He founded broker Collins Stewart in 1991 and was executive deputy chairman when it floated on the Stock Exchange in 2000 before leaving the business in 2003.
He then founded Cenkos Securities, named after his first top-class racehorse, but resigned in 2010. Cenkos won 15 races and over half a million pounds in prize money and was twice third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The Stewart Family enjoyed a first Cheltenham Festival success in 2008 when Celestial Halo won the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Celestial Halo was beaten a neck in the 2009 Champion Hurdle but the Stewarts have enjoyed further Festival glory with outstanding staying-hurdler Big Buck’s, who became the first horse to win four renewals of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in 2012 and broke Sir Ken’s record by winning his 17th consecutive race over jumps in the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle at last year’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting. The Stewart Family had a famous victory over the Grand National fences in 2008 with Gwanako in the John Smith’s Topham Chase.
Other good horses owned by Stewart, who was first involved with ownership in 1986 and really caught the racing bug when witnessing Desert Orchid’s emotional Cheltenham Gold Cup victory in 1989, include Tatenen, Le Duc, Le Roi Miguel and My Will. The Stewarts have around 20 horses in training, primarily with Paul Nicholls, including Salubrious – owned jointly with David Johnson – who won this year’s Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Le Duc and Le Roi Miguel both ran in the 2006 John Smith’s Grand National but in the colours of Simon Cowell, Philip Green and Stuart Rose, after the high-profile trio leased the horses for charity.
Andy Stewart has campaigned Flat horses in a five-strong partnership called the Searchers, also consisting of British Horseracing Authority chairman Paul Roy, Martin Myers, Trevor Harris and Kevan Watts, with Jeremy Noseda and enjoyed major success with Fleeting Spirit – winner of the 2009 July Cup at Newmarket. John Smith’s Grand National Record: 2007 Le Duc (UR 6th); 2008 Turko (Fell 25th), 2009 My Will (3rd); 2010 My Will (Fell 4th); 2011 Ornais (Fell 4th); 2012 Tatenen (UR 8th)
Richard Rowe (Pulborough, West Sussex)
Born in Bordon, Hampshire, on November 11, 1959, Richard Rowe was a successful jockey over jumps, riding more then 550 winners until his retirement from the saddle in February, 1991, despite a career blighted by injury. The nephew of trainers Nelson and Joe Guest, Rowe spent his early life in Bury St Edmunds and gained early experience riding out for Toby Balding while he was still at school. He was briefly apprenticed to his uncle Nelson at Newmarket but went to work for Josh Gifford after his father rang the trainer to ask if he had any vacancies.
Rowe stayed with Gifford, who died at the age of 70 in February, 2012, for the whole of his career as a jockey – riding his first winner, Retaliation, at Stratford on May 13, 1977 and recording the final of 554 career successes on Super Sense at Sandown on February 2, 1991. The biggest victories of his career included Shady Deal’s success in the 1982 Whitbread Gold Cup, Vodkatini’s win in the Grand Annual Chase at the 1988 Cheltenham Festival and Deep Sensation’s triumph in the 1990 Tote Gold Trophy. Rowe took out a licence to train soon after retirement from the saddle, setting up at his livery yard at Storrington in West Sussex, and celebrated a first win as a trainer on December 5, 1991, as Glebelands Girl captured a selling hurdle at Taunton.
He became only the fourth person to ride and train a winner of the Whitbread Gold Cup in 1999 as he saddled Eulogy to victory in the Sandown highlight to add to his success on board Shady Deal 17 years earlier. Other notable horses to have been trained by Rowe include I’m Supposin, who took the Kingwell Hurdle in 1998, the 2000 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle winner Hariymi and Tatenen, who has recorded a pair of valuable handicap chase success at Ascot in 2011 and 2012. Richard has been married to Yvonne since 1985 and both their sons – Richard and Luke – have ridden under Rules.
John Smith’s Grand National Record: 1998 Yeoman Warrior (1998 PU Bef 19th); 1999 Frazer Island (Fell 22nd); 2012 Tatenen (UR 8th)