Tullow Tank looks Neptune-bound

Barry Connell feels the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival is the best option for The Tullow Tank.

The Philip Fenton-trained six-year-old was denied a Grade One hat-trick on Sunday by Willie Mullins' Vautour in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

That was his first run over more than two miles under Rules and he is likely to step up in trip again at Cheltenham next month.

"I was very happy with him, I think he ran to a similar level as he had done in his previous races," said Connell.

"At Leopardstown, especially so on Sunday it seemed, you can't let the leader get away as it can be very hard to make up ground.

"I'd say we're probably looking more towards the Neptune given the way he finishes his races - in all of his races he's been going strongest at the finish."