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Cyclone whipping up a storm

John Hanlon believes Hidden Cyclone has a "massive future" after his fine run in Grade One company at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The giant six-year-old was beaten less than a length by First Lieutenant and Zaidpour after attempting to make all the running in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Hanlon will now step him up in trip - but is eagerly anticipating the day he sends him over fences.

"Hidden Cyclone has a massive future," said Hanlon.

"I put my hands up and say we were wrong to make the running with him, but I thought if we had any chance of beating Zaidpour we had to make it a strong gallop. My lad is a two-and-a-half, three-mile chaser of the future.

"I wouldn't be afraid of taking on Zaidpour over two and a half and they think the world of him.

"If he hadn't made a mistake at the last he would have won. He was only beaten half a length and a short head.

"He's a two-and-a-half-mile horse without a doubt.

"I had the best week of my career over Christmas since I started training four years ago. I had five winners in five days and two placed in Grade Ones.

"The staff deserve a lot of credit as they were up at 3am clearing the gallops through he snow. It's great when it works.

"He'll go for a two-and-a-half-mile race (Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle) at Leopardstown in a few weeks and then the Michael Purcell at Thurles.

"After that we need to decide whether we go to Cheltenham. He's only a baby and a chaser in the making. I'd love to go but it will be up to the owners."

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