Taneen sets the standard at Kempton
TANEEN has seen only limited action so far this term but is one to follow as he returns from a lengthy lay off in the ebfstallions.com Conditions Stakes at Kempton.
Winner of one of his two maiden outings as a juvenile, Taneen was pitched into Listed company on his return this term with Roger Varian opting to take a leap in class for the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury.
He was a well-beaten sixth on that occasion so it was no surprise to see Taneen switched back to handicap level next time out, when he promptly ran out a comfortable winner at Leicester to prompt a steep 12lb rise in the ratings.
That hike put him on to a mark of 101 which somewhat limits Varian’s options with Taneen and it was little surprise to see him flounder a little off his revised pitch at Newmarket in July.
However, that race has worked out pretty well with winner Dancing Star going on to win the Stewards’ Cup while second-placed Priceless has since won at Listed level.
Taneen has been given a break since that run and given the distinctly American flavour to his pedigree, it appears to make good sense to try the all-weather and the conditions of the race give him every chance of a glorious return.