Cyclone whipping up a storm
John Hanlon believes Hidden Cyclone has a "massive future" after his fine run in Grade One company at Leopardstown over Christmas.
The giant six-year-old was beaten less than a length by First Lieutenant and Zaidpour after attempting to make all the running in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle.
Hanlon will now step him up in trip - but is eagerly anticipating the day he sends him over fences.
"Hidden Cyclone has a massive future," said Hanlon.
"I put my hands up and say we were wrong to make the running with him, but I thought if we had any chance of beating Zaidpour we had to make it a strong gallop. My lad is a two-and-a-half, three-mile chaser of the future.
"I wouldn't be afraid of taking on Zaidpour over two and a half and they think the world of him.
"If he hadn't made a mistake at the last he would have won. He was only beaten half a length and a short head.
"He's a two-and-a-half-mile horse without a doubt.
"I had the best week of my career over Christmas since I started training four years ago. I had five winners in five days and two placed in Grade Ones.
"The staff deserve a lot of credit as they were up at 3am clearing the gallops through he snow. It's great when it works.
"He'll go for a two-and-a-half-mile race (Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle) at Leopardstown in a few weeks and then the Michael Purcell at Thurles.
"After that we need to decide whether we go to Cheltenham. He's only a baby and a chaser in the making. I'd love to go but it will be up to the owners."