Shark Hanlon is taking the easy option with HIDDEN CYCLONE, who may well have been heading for Cheltenham given his very progressive profile which saw him beat a decent field in a Grade 2 at Thurles last month. He should have few problems here even with his penalty. Medical Card is going well and there was plenty to like about his defeat of White Star Line at Naas but he faces much stiffer opposition here and Fists Of Fury, placed in two graded races after landing a maiden at Thurles in November, looks the main threat. Carloswayback was beaten a long way by Hidden Cyclone last time.
Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 13-8 (11-8) Tracked leaders in close 3rd, led 3 out, joined briefly and ridden next, kept on well and from before last, hung left close home, won at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Pineau De Re (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Carloswayback (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up in rear early, headway into 3rd 5 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra and weakened, eased before last, last of 5, 37l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-6) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Fists Of Fury (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Soon led, hung off bend after 2nd, headed before 4 out, 3rd into straight, no impression from before 2 out, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Bishopsfurze (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 6f lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) in Feb.
Medical Card (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd approaching 2 out, led last, soon clear, eased close home, comfortably, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Nov beating White Star Line (11-7) by 3l, 25 ran.