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Sunday 20 August 2017

Fairyhouse is next up for Tullow

The Tullow Tank is being prepared for next month's Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse following a wasted journey to the Cheltenham Festival.

The dual Grade One-winning hurdler has endured a largely disappointing debut season over fences for Sandra Hughes, but after an improved effort when fourth at Leopardstown in February, he crossed the water for the JLT Novices' Chase.

However, a last-minute setback scuppered his participation and owner Barry Connell is hoping for compensation over the Easter period.

He said: "He bit his tongue in Cheltenham, would you believe. It was a bit sore and we had to give him antibiotics, which meant he couldn't run.

"He's come back well and the plan is to go for the Ryanair Gold Cup in Fairyhouse."

Despite The Tullow Tank's defection, it was still a memorable week at Prestbury Park for Connell as Martello Tower struck gold in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

However, there were a couple of disappointments for the owner, most notably Foxrock after he failed to fire after being supplemented for the Ryanair Chase.

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