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Tank sights trained on Leopardstown

Philip Fenton expects to learn more about The Tullow Tank n the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The five-year-old made a big impression when getting off the mark over hurdles at the third attempt at Naas in early November and stepped up to beat Willie Mullins-trained trio Renneti, Arctic Fire and Alonso in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

He switches to a left-handed track in Friday's contest, and Fenton is keen to see whether his new stable star is as effective as he considers a possible trip to the Cheltenham Festival in March.

"He's in good shape and we're expecting a big run," said the County Tipperary-based trainer.

"The drop of rain they've had won't do him any harm and he's in absolutely top form, so we're looking forward to it.

"It's a bit of a finding-out mission, going left-handed. We'll know a lot more about where we're going after this, that's for sure."

Champion trainer Mullins fields Arctic Fire again, and also the unbeaten Moyle Park.

The latter switched hands for 250,000 after winning a bumper at this meeting for David Harry Kelly a year ago and he looked the part when making a winning debut over hurdles at Navan last month.

Charlie Swan's Punchestown scorer The Game Changer also features in the seven-runner field, but the trainer admits his charge has plenty on his plate at this level.

Swan said: "He's in good form and has improved with every run, but he is going to have to improve again now.

"He has a bit to find on the ratings, so we'll just have to see what happens. It does look a very good race.

"He's going left-handed for the first time, but I don't see that being a problem. He could even be better going this way round."

The line-up is completed by the Dessie Hughes-trained Art Of Payroll, Pat Shanahan's King Of The Picts and Jessica Harrington's hooded mare Gambling Girl.