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Hanlon buoyed by the form of Hidden Cyclone

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Left is DYNASTE with T Scudamore 1st from right HIDDEN CYCLONE 2nd in Ryanair Chase on World Hurdle Day at Cheltenham 13-3-13.

Left is DYNASTE with T Scudamore 1st from right HIDDEN CYCLONE 2nd in Ryanair Chase on World Hurdle Day at Cheltenham 13-3-13.

Left is DYNASTE with T Scudamore 1st from right HIDDEN CYCLONE 2nd in Ryanair Chase on World Hurdle Day at Cheltenham 13-3-13.

John Hanlon is delighted with the form of Hidden Cyclone ahead of his appearance at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Hanlon's string were out of form for the large majority of last season but there was one bright spark, the performances of Hidden Cyclone.

Second in three Grade Ones, as well as being third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, he produced a string of creditable efforts in the best company,.

Now Hanlon's horses are in rude health the trainer hopes to finally land the big pot he feels the nine-year-old deserves in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase, a race he was runner-up in 12 months ago to Benefficient.

Unfortunately he has fallen in his last two races but Hanlon has given him plenty of practice since.

"He's in great form. We worked him at the Curragh (on Saturday) and he also jumped. I couldn't be happier with him and he'll run in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase," said Hanlon.

"He's had two good schools now. He also schooled after the point-to-point in Borris House last Sunday, where the ground was beautiful.

"My horses were sick last year and they are proving they were sick. All the horses that were running well last year are winning now.

"Hidden Cyclone has never looked as well as he does now.

"He was second in three Grade Ones last year so hopefully he gets one this year."


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