Nicholls left to ponder Arkle chances after Tataniano flop
PAUL Nicholls was "angry" with himself after Tataniano, his top candidate for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy, was beaten at Newbury yesterday.
Tataniano's Arkle odds were doubled to 14/1 by some bookmakers after a half-length defeat by Suntini. He was sent off at 2/11 but Nicholls blamed himself after he had jumped right on several occasions. "I shouldn't have run him, simple as that," he said.
Nicholls' day failed to improve when his 7/4 favourite Aiteen Thirtythree failed to keep tabs on Adams Island (2/1) in the Bakewell Maiden Hurdle.
Master Of The Hall joined an expanding list of exciting Festival projects for Nicky Henderson with victory under Barry Geraghty in the Berkshire Novices' Hurdle.
Henderson confirmed that Long Run will be brought back to two miles for the Kingmaker Novices Chase at Warwick in a fortnight.
Punchestowns, favourite for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, will run next in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown next Saturday. Mighty Man, though, will not be among his rivals at the Festival. After two wins over fences, Henry Daly's star will miss the rest of the season with a fractured sesamoid.
There was plenty Irish eyes smiling at Doncaster yesterday with Kildare trainer Jessica Harrington and Meath jockeys Paul Carberry and Robbie Power among the winners. Howard Johnson provided Carberry with a treble on Monday and gave the Grand National-winning rider the leg-up on Bleak House which landed the skybet.com Handicap Chase.
Recent Cork winner Bostons Angel (6/1) then emerged as one of the day's easiest winners -- for the Harrington/Power combination -- in the closing novice hurdle. (© The Times, London)