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  • 13:10 Independent Newspaper November Novices' Chase 2m

  • (grade 2) £40,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 9.10s
  • Off time: 13:11:43

Tatenen Underlines Arkle Claims

Last Updated: 16/11/08 2:08pm

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Tatenen soars over the last.

Tatenen soars over the last.

Tatenen made light work of his rivals in the Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham, cementing his position at the head of the Arkle betting in the process.

Paul Nicholls' four-year-old, an easy winner of his first start over fences at Aintree, made all under Sam Thomas who was replacing the injured Ruby Walsh.

A faultless display, barring one minor incident at the open ditch, the 8-13 favourite cruised home 24 lengths clear of Straw Bear who was tentativ at his fences.

Paddy Power were most taken by the performance and go 5/2 from 5s for the Arkle in March. Stan James are 3s from the same price while Sky Bet go 4/1.

"I hate those small fields because you never know what pace to go," Thomas told Channel 4 Racing.

"But it made no difference to this lad, he jumped brilliantly apart from a little mistake at the ditch.

"He gave me a great ride and it's onwards and upwards now."

Nicholls said: "It was obviously a good run and the ground was right for him. He's jumped and galloped and that was ideal.

"We'll probably head to Leopardstown now on Boxing Day for a Grade One (Durkan New Homes Novice Chase) but we'll see after that and he might come straight back here in March.

"The Festival is a week earlier this year and I'm sure the ground won't be fast and good to soft would be fine for him."

Nick Gifford added of Straw Bear: "We've been beaten by a serious horse and I have no excuses. I'm pleased with how he ran his own race but his jumping is still a bit novicey.

"He didn't find it easy to jump out of this ground and we'll have to work on brushing up his jumping."

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