Friday 20 October 2017

Fresh tartak attractive choice

Julian Muscat

After today, Flat racing all but disappears from Channel 4's television coverage. Those familiar jumpers take centre stage and there's an appealing taste of things to come from Aintree this afternoon. Only six are declared for the Old Roan Chase (3.25), but most are old favourites.

Monet's Garden is something of a standing dish around this tight, speed-favouring track. He won this prize under a fine Barry Geragthy ride 12 months ago, when nothing could lay a glove on the evergreen grey. However, with Geraghty aboard Poquelin this time, Monet's Garden is reluctantly passed over.

Poquelin himself ran disappointingly at Aintree in April, when he was out of contention before unseating Ruby Walsh four fences from the finish. He is much better at Cheltenham, where he presumably returns for next month's Paddy Power Gold Cup. This has the look of a pipe-opener for him.

Albertas Run won the Aintree race in which Poquelin underperformed. But with Jojno O'Neill's chaser invariably better for the recent run he lacks here, Tartak is the one to be on. He looks attractively handicapped and always goes well fresh.

Irish Independent

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