Hidden Cyclone maintained his unbeaten record and further justified the high regard in which he is held by connections when landing the Grade 3 “For Auction” Novice Hurdle in fine style.
Andrew McNamara sent the 13/8 favourite on early in the straight and, despite an indifferent jump at the second last, had far too much in hand over his rivals in this two miler beating Hazeymm by six lengths.
Noel Meade's afternoon took a further turn for the worse as, following the falls of fancied pair Jetson and Aitmatov in the opening two races, 9/4 second favourite Prima Vista fell here at the third flight.
“I've always said from day one that I think the world of this horse. His jumping was a bit sticky but Andrew said that when they go quicker that he'll jump better. I hope he's right as he'll need to jump better if he's to go for the top novice races. He needs at least two and a half miles,” said trainer Shark Hanlon, who was on crutches following a recent back operation.
Graham's quote Hidden Cyclone at 16/1 for the “Neptune” at Cheltenham, and go 25/1 for the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
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