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The Tullow Tank's next outing at Leopardstown will determine his Cheltenham plan

Updated: Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 10:40 | Comments

The Tullow Tank winning the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown
The Tullow Tank winning the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown

Owner Barry Connell expects to find out which race The Tullow Tank will run in at Cheltenham after his next outing in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle on 9 February at Leopardstown.

The six-year-old has already won the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown and will bid for a Grade One hat-trick next month.

Philip Fenton's charge has done all his racing under Rules over the minimum distance but will step up to two and a quarter miles for his next race.

"He seems to be taking his racing very well and he's going to the Deloitte at Leopardstown on Hennessy day," Connell told At The Races.

"He seems to be improving with each run so we're looking forward to taking on whatever Willie (Mullins) throws at us in the next Grade One.

"He's not short of pace and you'd imagine a true-run two-mile race would be ideal. It will be interesting to see when he goes up to two and a quarter in the Deloitte, that will tell us a bit more.

"At Cheltenham he could go over two or two and a half.

"He's probably got a similar style of running to Bobs Worth, you wouldn't notice him in the race but just coming to the last the turbo kicks in and away he goes."

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