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Monday 18 December 2017

Aim for the Tank is to make up for sub-par displays

The Tullow Tank will bid to redeem his reputation in Sunday’s Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Formerly known as the Dr P.J. Moriarty, the Grade One has a rich history and has been a constant source of Cheltenham Festival winners down the years.

It’s most recent top-class graduate was Lord Windermere, who finished a half-length third to Boston Bob two years ago before winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham and following up in the Gold Cup last year.

The Tullow Tank was a top-class novice hurdler last season for the now-banned Philip Fenton and while the steroid scandal was still ongoing owner Barry Connell thought it prudent he should not run at Cheltenham.

He was moved to the late Dessie Hughes and is now in the care of Hughes’ daughter, Sandra.

Having won on his chasing debut impressively at Fairyhouse he has been below-par in his last two races but has been pleasing Hughes at home recently.

“I’m happy with him again now and he’ll run at the weekend,” she said.

Hughes will also be represented by Sub Lieutenant in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, who was second in a Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas.

It took him seven runs to eventually win a bumper but he was beaten by some classy types like Fine Article and Fletchers Flyer.

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