John Hanlon believes Uxizandre could be the toughest nut for Hidden Cyclone (pictured) to crack in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.
Runner-up behind Dynaste in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March, Hidden Cyclone has fallen on his two outings since then at Punchestown in May and when he was in the process of running a pleasing race on his return at Thurles.
"He is in great form and while he fell, he came out if his race well the last day. He definitely goes for the Dial-A-Bet at Christmas and I won't mind as long as it's not heavy ground," said Hanlon.
"He ran a cracker in last year's race (second) and that seemed as good as this year's, although it's hard to know what English horses are coming over.
"Sizing Europe was a great horse on his day, but I think his time has come and gone and he is an older horse now so with a bit of luck, we should beat him.
"I think the English horse of Alan King's (Uxizandre) is the one to beat."