I apologize here for a possible hopeless case of heart ruling head, but Tataniano was my favorite horse after a couple of ridiculously good performance’s in his novice days, and I’ve been watching him with interest this year after he has followed the same path as one of my current favs Tatenan to the stable of Richard Rowe. He has never had a full season of racing since his novice days and really only showed his true class once, bolting up in a 2 mile handicap against some decent yardsticks of a rating of 160. He had a half decent seasonal opener at Cheltenham and followed that up with 3 runs in the space of 60 days on soft Ground. The alarm bells really rang for me last time out as he is a known far better horse on good ground and to see him fade out on heavy ground over 2m5f really reeked of a spin to get him down further in the handicap. His mark is now an unbelievable 138 and he will get about 10:07/8 in either of his festival appearances. He has been given a decent break since hopefully to get him right. Given his preference for good ground and the fact that I’ve managed to pick out each of Tatenans 3 wins a big prices for the same connections, I’ve a silly amount of (possibly misplaced ) confidence that he is about to strike. I would hope that the ground will be decent at Cheltenham but if not I’m assuming he would go to Aintree.
I’ll take advantage of the Bet-Victors Non-Runner Free Bet concession for what looks a price I would be very happy with once his odds start to tumble hopefully close to the race. Should it turn up soft at the festival I think he won’t run and well roll on to Aintree for another shot.
I had the Grand Annual in mind all year for him but he is also engaged in the Byrne Group Plate over 2m4f and although I’d prefer the 2 mile race he should be fine once the ground is decent for the longer trip.
2 Points EW 40/1 BetVictor NRFB Byrne Plate
2 Point EW 33/1 BetVictor NRFB Grand Annual