The Tullow Tank was a top-class novice hurdler last season for the now-banned Philip Fenton and while the steroid scandal was still ongoing owner Barry Connell thought it prudent he should not run at Cheltenham. He was moved to the late Dessie Hughes and is now in the care of Hughes’ daughter, Sandra. Having won on his chasing debut impressively at Fairyhouse he has been below-par the last twice but has been pleasing Hughes at home recently. “I’m happy with him again now and he’ll run at the weekend,” she said. Press Association Formerly known as the Dr P.J. Moriarty, the Grade One has a rich history and has been a constant source of Cheltenham Festival winners down the years. It’s most recent top-class graduate was Lord Windermere, who finished a half-length third to Boston Bob two years ago before winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham and following up in the Gold Cup last year. The Tullow Tank will bid to redeem his reputation in Sunday’s Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.
Martin O’Neill has given his players the day off today as they want to be fresh for the game.However, there’s still a doubt about whether or not Jonathan Walters will start.The Stoke forward has a back injury. Hosts France take on Romania in Paris.The Group A encounter begins at 8 o’clock.Meanwhile, The Republic of Ireland’s adventure begins on Monday against Sweden.