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Tatenen - Ascot 22.01.11

Tatenen: one of 22 horses confirmed for Saturday's Hennessy at Newbury

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Rowe 'can't wait' for Hennessy with Tatenen

RICHARD ROWE never managed to win the Hennessy as a jockey, but is hoping outsider Tatenen can defy his long odds and give him success as a trainer in Saturday's prestigious handicap at Newbury.

The eight-year-old, who races in the colours of the Stewart family, has not been seen since unseating Andrew Thornton in the Grand National in April.

A 50-1 chance for the Hennessy, he was among 22 horses left in the race on Monday.

Rowe, who finished third on the Josh Gifford-trained Door Latch in the 1985 Hennessy, said: "I confirmed him for the Hennessy this morning. I bought him to Kempton last Friday and galloped him over two and a half miles and he went really well. I can't wait for the race."

Ante-post favourite and last term's RSA Chase winner Bobs Worth was also confirmed, as were other leading fancies Hold On Julio and The Package.

Top-weight Tidal Bay is another possible runner, but his trainer Paul Nicholls withdrew Michel Le Bon, an 8-1 chance.

Newbury's card also stages the Grade 2 Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle - due to feature four-time World Hurdle winner Big Buck's - but that race has been reopened until Tuesday because of insufficient entries.

Champion Hurdle contenders will be in action at Newcastle on Saturday in the Stan James-backed Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

Rock On Ruby, Darlan, Cinders And Ashes, Trifolium and Countrywide Flame were confirmed for that and are joined by the supplemented Bothy.

 
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