Cyclone ready to cause a stir
Trainer impressed with stable star's chasing bow
By David John. Last Updated: 24/01/12 12:40pm
Hidden Cyclone: Smart chasing debut
Trainer Shark Hanlon could not have been more impressed following the chasing debut of Hidden Cyclone at the end the last month.
He was making his seasonal comeback at Leopardstown and saw off Nearest The Pin in the Ballymaloe Country Relish Beginners Chase by two lengths to make it seven wins from eight career outings.
Hanlon told >skysports.com: "He was brilliant the way he jumped. He jumped better than I thought he would and Andrew McNamara was very happy with him. He felt that turning in at the bottom of the track he was still cruising and did not want to hit the front as soon as he did but also didn't want anything to come and sprint from behind and beat him.
"He came home from the race well and worked nicely this morning (Tuesday) and goes for the Grade 2 Boylesports.com Novices' Chase on Saturday at Leopardstown."
Hanlon will then have a discussion with the horse's owners as to what the plans will be in the spring.
"After Saturday we will make up our mind where to go with him as he still a big baby of a horse - he is 16-3 and a fine stamp and the only thing I would be slightly worried about at Cheltenham would be quicker ground," said Hanlon.
"The most suitable race for him I suppose is the RSA but I will have to have a chat with the owners because if the ground came up quick at Cheltenham I don't know if I would run him.
"He is such a big horse and still maturing and a year's time might be time enough to go to Cheltenham. I will speak with the owners and see what they want to do."
Wherever he goes, Hanlon knows he has a high-class prospect on his hands to look forward to.
He added: "He is an old gent and is a horse any man would want in his yard. He has only been beaten once in eight starts - First Lieutenant beat him last year at Leopardstown and we probably went too high too quickly with him.
"But if he had jumped the last he would have probably beaten First Lieutenant and he went on to win at Cheltenham. Hidden Cyclone is a very a exciting horse and I hope somehwere down the road he will be a Gold Cup horse.
"He does things at home so simply. We were up at the Curragh doing some work and he just travels so well the whole way in his bits of work as he has such a high cruising speed."