Shark Hanlon considers Newmarket charge for Hidden Cyclone
Published 08/08/2016 | 23:41
A tilt at the Betfred Cesarewitch is under consideration for Hidden Cyclone following his narrow reverse in the Galway Hurdle.
Shark Hanlon's stable stalwart is best known for his exploits over fences, but ran a fantastic race over timber to finish a close second to the Willie Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior.
Hidden Cyclone is in the twilight of his career at the age of 11, but is two from two on the Flat and Hanlon is eyeing a return to the level at Killarney before a possible appearance at Newmarket on October 8.
Hanlon said: "He's come out of the race in super form and we're very happy with him.
"We came home from Galway thrilled and disappointed. He ran a fantastic race, Danny (Mullins) gave him a great ride, but we were disappointed to get beat.
"He's been a brilliant servant to us, but he's finished second in a Galway Hurdle, second in a Ryanair Chase and he's been second in a load of other Grade Ones - he just can't seem to get his head in front.
"We've nothing solid planned for him, but we're thinking we might run in a winners-of-two Flat race at Killarney at the end of the month.
"He needs to have that third run on the Flat before he gets a mark in England and we're thinking we might aim him at the Cesarewitch at Newmarket, but that's just an idea at this stage.
"He might not be good enough, but we'll see.
"We'll take him to Killarney, all going well, see how he gets on there and then make a plan."