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Forecast is for a grade one Cyclone


Hidden Cyclone

Hidden Cyclone

Hidden Cyclone

Shark Hanlon's Queen Mother Champion Chase entry Hidden Cyclone is one of 11 horses entered for Sunday's Grade Two BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

Last year's Ryanair Chase runner-up bounced back from two falls to run a good race at Leopardstown over Christmas where the 10-year-old followed home Twinlight in the Dial-A-Bet Chase.

Still chasing that elusive Grade One triumph, the 10-time winner will attempt to put that right in the two-mile championship race at Punchestown rather than have another go at the Ryanair this time around.

His trainer, Shark Hanlon, said: "It would be great to see him win the Tied Cottage on Sunday and, all going to plan, the next step would be the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

He added: "We have been unlucky with him in the sense that he hasn't won a Grade One race yet."

Willie Mullins is responsible for three of the entries, with Twinlight joined by Turban and Ballycasey, while Henry de Bromhead, who won the race twice with Sizing Europe in 2012 and 20213, will look for more success courtesy of Days Hotel.

One horse set to bypass the Cheltenham Festival is the Willie Mullins-trained Open Eagle who is set to make his debut for the trainer after winning the November Handicap at Doncaster for trainer David O'Meara.

The six-year-old was subsequently purchased by the Supreme Racing Club and he holds entries at both Fairyhouse on Saturday and at Punchestown the following day.

Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: "We can't wait to get him out, but we do know that he won't be going to Cheltenham this year. Willie has said it would be too much to ask of him on the back of just one run."