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Un Temps Pour Tout one to consider with refunds on The Tullow Tank

Coral will be refunding ante-post bets on The Tullow Tank, with the horse set to miss the Cheltenham Festival and any returned money is worth being reinvested on David Pipe’s Un Temps Pour Tout.

Owner Barry Connell has made the decision on the basis that he doesn’t want The Tullow Tank running until the court case involving trainer Philip Fenton has reached a conclusion, with the hearing now adjourned until March 20th, which is after the Festival.

Having finished second to Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite Vautour last time, The Tullow Tank would have been a popular each-way Festival candidate, with a crack at the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle the most likely scenario.

Although he would have been trying 2m 4f the first time, there was an assumption that his jumping would not be slick or quick enough to challenge in the Supreme over 2m.

Another horse that failed to put his best foot forward over the minimum trip this season was Un Temps Pour Tout, who was only second in a Grade Two at Haydock in January on his first start on British soil.

Stepped up to the Neptune distance at Ascot since, he was impressive when winning without coming off the bridle and this seems his optimum trip.

Furthermore, all of his form has been on ground no quicker than good to soft, with the majority on far heavier ground.

Therefore, he may be better suited to conditions at Cheltenham than most, with all of the recent rain expected to result in the ground being soft at the time of the Festival.

Any further rain between now and Festival would surely only enhance his claims further.

Un Temps Pour Tout is 16/1 to win the Neptune and the obvious big negative to his chances is that Pipe may decide to take the handicap route with him at Cheltenham, with the Coral Cup the most likely alternative.