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  • Tullow Tanks To Royal Success

Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 53.60s
  • Off time: 12:40:47
  • Last Updated: December 1 2013, 14:06 GMT

The Tullow Tank reeled back long time leader Renetti to land the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The Tullow Tank: Fought hard to land Royal Bond
The Tullow Tank: Fought hard to land Royal Bond

The five-year-old had been supplemented by connections for this race at the five-day stage and justified that decision by staying on strongly after the last to nail the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old and record a half length victory.

The 5/1 shot was recording his second victory of the season and jockey Danny Mullins hopes there is much more to come from his mount.

"It's great to be getting the Grade One winners," said Mullins, who was celebrating his second victory at the top level.

"Philip Fenton has done a fantastic job with the horse as he was a bit weak last season but he's come good today and hopefully he'll go on to bigger and better things.

"He tries his hardest and this is the best race for the novices' that we've had. He's a big horse so there's hopefully better to come over fences but he's a Grade One winner over hurdles so we can enjoy this at the moment."

Sky Bet were impressed with the winner and have cut him to 16/1 (from 33/1) for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

"The Tullow Tank is improving at a rate of knots and showed a great attitude to get past Renetti in the Royal Bond," said Sky Bet spokesman Michael Shinners.

"Dunguib couldn't manage to win the Sky Bet Supreme for trainer Philip Fenton but perhaps this fellow can make amends."

Fenton, however, is not sure about a trip to Prestbury Park.

"He looked to be a good horse and he proved it today. He had a battle on his hands from the second last and he saw it out well," said the trainer.

"Danny was good on him and I think he won without even getting a smack.

"He gets a little bit buzzy in the parade ring, but he settles down in the race.

"He jumped some of the hurdles a bit big, but it is all a learning experience for him.

"We'll take it one step at a time. Going right-handed is a big plus to him, as he does go a little right.

"He could go left-handed back at Leopardstown, but it will be probably be January before he runs again.

"I don't know about Cheltenham. First of all it's left-handed and the ground will have a big bearing as well.

"If he goes left-handed in Leopardstown, we'll have a fair idea after that.

"He'd have no problem getting further, but he doesn't need to go any further at the moment.

"Danny said he'd prefer it a little slower, but he says it's perfect ground out there."


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