Hanlon eyes big prizes after Cyclone's whirlwind victory
TRAINER John 'Shark' Hanlon is lining up a crack at big prizes for Hidden Cyclone after his impressive performance in the second division of the Visit Tipp Maiden Hurdle yesterday.
Sent off the 100-30 favourite on the back of debut success in a Gowran Park bumper, the five-year-old put his rivals to the sword by seven lengths and more under Andrew McNamara.
"I thought he was a good horse the day he won his bumper, and it takes a fair one to win first time over hurdles," said Hanlon. "He'll probably go now to Galway, and then hopefully on to Navan for the Barry & Sandra Kelly Hurdle."
Paul Nolan's Far Away So Close opened his account over timber with a ready success under Alain Cawley in the first division one of the two-mile event.
Cawley, having his first ride since dislocating a shoulder at Killarney in August, popped the gelding out in front from flagfall and the well-backed 13/8 second favourite stayed on well to beat Apt Manor. Adrian Maguire and Paul Carberry teamed up successfully in the Tipperary Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle as 9/4 shot Anshan Dreams earned a narrow verdict over Belord.
Ella Watson gained some compensation for a narrow reverse at Sligo by landing the Tipperary Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle under Ruby Walsh and John Kiely's mare will now be retired.
The Paul Flynn-trained Bremen, ridden by Barry Geraghty , benefited from the fall of favourite Lucky William in the Tipperary The Home Of Liam McCarthy Beginners Chase.
Jumping was also the name of the game in the in the Blue & Gold Beginners Chase as Island Wood landed some nice bets in the hands of Kevin Coleman. The 5/2 favourite appeared to be travelling best into the straight before his rivals were let down by their jumping.
Big Secret crashed out at the second last before John The Soldier made the winner's task that bit easier when meeting the last wrong.