The Tullow Tank (5g Oscar-Bobbing Back, by Bob Back) confirmed himself one of this season’s brightest young hurdling prospects when coasting to a G1 victory at Leopardstown on Friday.
The son of Oscar lined up in the G1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle having landed the G1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on his previous outing and this latest eight-length victory proved him better than ever.
Barry Connell’s five-year-old – who was competing a G1 double also achieved by the likes of Istabraq and Hurricane Fly – delighted his trainer Philip Fenton, who had concerns about the horse’s ability to act on a left-handed track.
“That was very satisfactory. About two or three out things were not going that smooth but that changed up the straight. He put the race to bed like a really good horse,” Fenton told irishracing.com. “He’ll probably come back here for the Deloitte. He’s a huge improver compared to this time last year, and the summer off has really crowned him.
“He looked okay going left-handed there but it was hard to know with the wind being so strong. He’ll be entered in both the 2m and 2m4f races at Cheltenham, and it may depend on the ground which one he goes for.”
The Tullow Tank, who was bred by Aidan Aherne, has gone from strength to strength this year. After winning a bumper in March, he has now won all three of his subsequent starts over hurdles.