Tuesday 21 November 2017

Barry Connell: 'I can't wait to see Tullow Tank start fences career'

The Tullow Tank (Danny Mullins) win the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle Leopardstown Christmas Festival
The Tullow Tank (Danny Mullins) win the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle Leopardstown Christmas Festival

Leading owner Barry Connell is excited about seeing his star performer The Tullow Tank begin his career over fences later this year.

The six-year-old won successive Grade One prizes over hurdles earlier this term, clinching the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

He was last seen finishing a clear second behind Vautour in Leopardstown's Deloitte Novice Hurdle in February, form which looks outstanding in light of the winner's front-running victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Tullow Tank missed the Festival and will not run at Punchestown next week after Connell decided all his horses with Philip Fenton would not run again until a court hearing into the trainer's possession of anabolic steroids is concluded.

"He's won two Grade Ones and been second in another, so he's done a lot this season," Connell told At The Races.

"We decided to give him a break and probably come back early next season.

"He'll definitely go chasing. He jumps his hurdles like he'd jump a fence.

"The form has worked out great with Vautour, so we'd really be looking forward to him over fences next year.

"I'd say he'll run over either two or two and a half miles."The six-year-old won successive Grade One prizes over hurdles earlier this term, clinching the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

He was last seen finishing a clear second behind Vautour in Leopardstown's Deloitte Novice Hurdle in February, form which looks outstanding in light of the winner's front-running victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The Tullow Tank missed the Festival and will not run at Punchestown next week after Connell decided all his horses with Philip Fenton would not run again until a court hearing into the trainer's possession of anabolic steroids is concluded.

"He's won two Grade Ones and been second in another, so he's done a lot this season," Connell told At The Races.

"We decided to give him a break and probably come back early next season.

"He'll definitely go chasing. He jumps his hurdles like he'd jump a fence.

"The form has worked out great with Vautour, so we'd really be looking forward to him over fences next year.

"I'd say he'll run over either two or two and a half miles."

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