Cyclone blows hot for Leopardstown triumph
Grand veteran Hidden Cyclone showed that the fire still burns brightly with a determined victory in the Foxrock Cup Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Having made the running, the Shark Hanlon-trained 11-4 favourite had to concede weight all round but had all of his rivals, bar Bonbon Au Miel, on the stretch turning for home.
Willie Mullins' French recruit jumped to the front at the final flight, but Hidden Cyclone wouldn't be denied and was a willing partner for Danny Mullins, getting back up to score by three-quarters of a length.
Hanlon missed the victory as he was at a point-to-point meeting and in his absence, the winning rider said: "He made a mistake early on that you would forgive a novice for doing but not from him.
"He jumped a bit right afterwards, and I had to let him regain his confidence down the back. In fairness he battled really well at the death.
"I was half a length down after the last but was confident he would get there. He's very tough.
"I was third on him in the Fighting Fifth and that form line alone should have made him an odds-on shot today.
"Shark has done a great job with him. He has a lot of class and is fit and well."