Friday 17 November 2017

Fenton's Tank on target for Leopardstown

Trainer Philip Fenton
Trainer Philip Fenton

Thomas Kelly

Philip Fenton is looking forward to giving The Tullow Tank the opportunity to register a second Grade One success at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The Barry Connell-owned five-year-old is on target for the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle on December 27 after winning the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse two weeks ago.

"He's come out of it very well and we're looking forward to Leopardstown, all going well," Fenton stated.

"I know he needs to improve and we think he has, so we're very happy with him.

"It's been dry for so long we'd be happy to see the rain and at last it has arrived."

The County Tipperary trainer also specified comeback races for Dunguib and Last Instalment, which have endured a long time on the sidelines.

"Both horses will return some time in January," Feton said. "The Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas will be Dunguib's target (on January 18) and maybe a couple of days before the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles for Last Instalment."

Meanwhile, one of the home team's great white hopes for Cheltenham -- David Pipe's Red Sherlock -- made a winning debut over hurdles at Southwell yesterday.

Racing in the famous green and blue colours of the late David Johnson, the hot favourite won a classy bumper at Cheltenham on his reappearance to take his tally to three in that sphere.

Ridden by Tom Scudamore, who was deputising for Timmy Murphy as the Kildare native recovers from a dislocated shoulder, Red Sherlock was always prominent and stretched clear between the last two flights to win by 14 lengths.

Irish Independent

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