The Tullow Tank (5g Oscar-Bobbing Back, by Bob Back) proved himself an outstanding novice hurdle prospect on Sunday when beating a high-class field to claim G1 success at Fairyhouse.
The son of Oscar, an easy bumper winner in March, is now two from two over hurdles this season after cruising to a cosy success under Danny Mullins in the G1 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.
Trainer Philip Fenton told irishracing.com: “He looks to be a good horse and he proved it today. He had a battle on his hands from the second last but he saw it out well and gave every ounce. Danny was good on him and I think he even won without giving the horse a smack.
“He gets a bit buzzy in the ring but he settles down in the race. He jumped some of the hurdles pretty big but it’s all a learning experience for him. We’ll take it one step at a time with him. Going right-handed is a big plus as he tends to go a little bit right. He’ll probably still go back left handed to Leopardstown in mid-January.
“You couldn’t help but be impressed with him (last time) at Naas. He was little bit heavy then so we knew there was plenty of improvement to come.”
Mullins added: “”Philip has done a fantastic job with this horse. He minded him last year as he was a little bit weak but he’s come good today and hopefully he’ll go on to better during the year. He’s a real tank and he tried his hardest.
“I’d say that was definitely one of the best races of the season for the novices so I’m glad to be getting on the best one in it. I think he’ll be a better horse over a fence but he’s a Grade 1 winner now over hurdles so we won’t worry about chasing until we have to go to it.”
The Tullow Tank, who was bred by Aidan Aherne, impressed many observers including the Racing Post’s Analysis writers. They commented: “THE TULLOW TANK continued his progression with a victory that was more convincing than the bare margin of victory suggested. Settled just behind the leaders, his jumping was quite big at times but the engine he possesses was fully evident in the manner he picked up between the last two flights and then found enough on the run to the line to score by half a length but with his rider looking after him as much as possible. He has the potential to be anything, even given his real preference for going right-handed, and despite his jumping not being perfect it´s something that´s likely to improve with experience and already he has the appearance of really being a chaser in the making. The future looks very bright if he continues to progress and remains sound.”