Tank firing for Deloitte

Owner Barry Connell expects to identify a Cheltenham target for The Tullow Tank after he runs at Leopardstown next month.

The six-year-old has already won the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown and will bid for a Grade One hat-trick next month.

Philip Fenton's charge has done all his racing under Rules over the minimum distance but will step up to two and a quarter miles for his next race, the Deloitte Novice Hurdle on February 9.

"He seems to be taking his racing very well and he's going to the Deloitte at Leopardstown on Hennessy day," Connell told At The Races.

"He seems to be improving with each run so we're looking forward to taking on whatever Willie (Mullins) throws at us in the next Grade One.

"He's not short of pace and you'd imagine a true-run two-mile race would be ideal. It will be interesting to see when he goes up to two and a quarter in the Deloitte, that will tell us a bit more.

"At Cheltenham he could go over two or two and a half.

"He's probably got a similar style of running to Bobs Worth, you wouldn't notice him in the race but just coming to the last the turbo kicks in and away he goes."

The Tullow Tank is a 12/1 chance with the sponsors to take the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March.