Tank set for chasing debut

The Tullow Tank will have his first race for Dessie Hughes in a beginners’ chase at the end of this month.

Connections are hoping the six-year-old, who won two Grade One novice hurdles last year for Philip Fenton, will need just the one outing before heading to Fairyhouse for the Drinmore Novice Chase on November 30.

As well as The Tullow Tank, owner Barry Connell has several other nice prospects to look forward to such as the Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock, but Mount Benbulben will not make it to the track this season.

“We’ve had a bit of rain at some of the tracks so some more of the nicer horses will be coming out soon,” said Connell.

“The Tullow Tank will be out at the end of October. His main aim in the first half of the season is the Drinmore, so we feel a run at the end of October will put him right for that.

“He’ll hopefully just need the one run in a beginners’ chase.

“Foxrock will be aimed at the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas. He’s rated 142 now so he’ll get in and it’s worth something like €250,000.

“He’ll probably have a couple of runs in conditions chases beforehand.

“Mount Benbulben picked up an injury at Fairyhouse in February and he won’t be back until next autumn, unfortunately. He’s rehabilitating.”

Meanwhile, John Ryan’s stable star Foildubh will have his season geared towards a tilt at the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree next April.

The eight-times winner has mixed it with some of the best chasers around in recent seasons and has run well in defeat on numerous occasions.

Ryan is confident Aintree’s National fences will hold no fears for his charge.

“Foildubh is in great form. He seems really well at the moment,” said the Co Tipperary handler.

“He’s rated 151 over fences and the idea is to train him for the English National this year. We might not get another crack at it, so we’re keen to give it a go.”

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