Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner €51,999 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 5.80s
  • Off time: 13:54:34

Full Result

13:50 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 The Tullow Tank (IRE) P Fenton 5 11-10 D E Mullins 9/4
SP 9/4 Chased leaders, 4th from 4 out, 3rd straight, led before last, stayed on strongly closing stages to assert
2nd 8 5 King of The Picts (IRE) J P Shanahan 4 11-7 P Carberry 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, clear early, reduced lead and joined from 4 out, slight lead approaching straight, headed before last and soon no impression
3rd 1 Moyle Park (IRE) W P Mullins 5 11-10 R Walsh 6/5f
SP 6/5f Chased leaders, slight mistake 4 out, almost on terms 2 out, 2nd approaching straight, dropped to 3rd and no extra when not fluent last opened 11/8 touched 11/10
4th 6 3 Arctic Fire (GER) W P Mullins 4 11-7 h P Townend 5/1
SP 5/1 Soon raced in moderate 4th, took keen hold and improved to be close up 4th, on terms from 4 out, 3rd approaching straight, no extra from before last opened 4/1
5th 16 4 Art Of Payroll (GER) D T Hughes 4 11-7 B J Cooper 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up, 6th approaching straight, soon no extra
6th 35 6 The Game Changer (IRE) C F Swan 4 11-7 D N Russell 8/1
SP 8/1 Soon chased leaders, closer order 3 out, 5th approaching straight, soon weakened, tailed off opened 9/1
PU 7 Gambling Girl (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 4 11-0 h R M Power 16/1
SP 16/1 In rear, no extra and dropped behind approaching 2 out, pulled up before last opened 14/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win 2.70 Tote Place 2.10,6.60 Straight Forecast 55.01 Exacta 48.50

Placepot €1,043.60


Hurricane Fly, Jezki and First Lieutenant have all won this race in recent years and the dream remains alive for connections of THE TULLOW TANK as he retained his seasonal unbeaten record with a gritty display. He didn't hurdle brilliantly and was being niggled from some way out but he picked up really well when switched in the straight to gallop clear and record a resounding success. His three wins this term have all come at the minimum but he shapes as though he would relish a step up in trip and the Neptune would appear to be the more obvious choice rather than the Supreme if connections are inclined to travel to Cheltenham. King of The Picts is a Grade Three winner and helps provide a guide to the worth of the form even allowing for the fact that he got the run of the race up front. He's versatile with regard to underfoot conditions and still looks to be progressing and should be more competitive once dropped in grade. Moyle Park appeared to be doing everything very easily on his first run in graded company and it was disappointing that he couldn't even take second. This was just his fourth career start and he's well worth another chance to confirm his initial promise and, perhaps, he needs a better surface to produce his best form. Paul Townend relented in the battle with Arctic Fire who refused to settle and allowed him to stride on at around halfway; he was always doing too much and predictably had nothing left in the straight. He was just over a length behind The Tullow Tank in the Royal Bond on his preceding start when getting plenty of cover so clearly has the ability but he isn't straightforward and it remains to be seen which trajectory his career will take.