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Cyclone ready to storm Naas

Carlow handler confident of a big run

Last Updated: 28/10/12 2:14pm

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Hidden Cyclone: Naas assignment

Hidden Cyclone: Naas assignment

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John Hanlon hopes running Hidden Cyclone over a shorter distance and in a small field at Naas on Monday will help improve his jumping technique.

The County Carlow handler has opted for the Murray Spelman Poplar Square Chase over two miles as the starting point this campaign for the seven-year-old.

He had just two runs last term, making a winning chasing debut before finishing a close third to Sir Des Champs at Leopardstown in January.

Hanlon then put Hidden Cyclone away with the idea of bringing him back for an ambitious programme he hopes will culminate in a crack at the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He said: "It's great that he's back. He's in serious good form. I'm just a bit worried about the trip.

"He is a three-mile horse, but I wanted to get an opportunity to run him in a small field because his jumping hasn't been over good and a small field will help him to jump.

"There's just five runners and that's why we've gone down this road.

"I'm hopping he'll win but if he gets beaten I won't be over shocked. It's his first run for nine months.

"He's doing everything right for me at home and I'm very happy.

"After that he'll go to Gowran for a two-and-a-half-mile race in about a month's time.

"We were going to go for the Hennessy at Newbury, but the owners don't want to go.

"Tomorrow is a lovely opportunity for him to get his jumping act together and hopefully he'll do the job for us."

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