Tatenen retained his place at the top of the market for the Arkle Trophy despite going down to Follow The Plan in the Durkan New Homes Novice Chase at the December meeting at Leopardstown.
Settled just behind the pacesetting Pesoto, Sam Thomas appeared to have Tatenen, who went off 4/6 favourite in a perfect rhythm over the fences. He raced close up on the bridle and looked every bit the class horse of the race, however when he went to head of affairs two out he found the 12/1 shot, Follow The Plan sticking him to him like a limpet mine. They fought neck and neck to the line but it was the Irish horse that got his head in front at the right time. Tatenen was by no means disgraced but Follow The Plan proved that he had his measure in this race and will take Tatenen on again at Cheltenham. Tatenen is generally 5/1 for the Arkle Chase, while Follow The Plan has been made second favourite at 12/1.