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Cheltenham Festival options open for Hidden Cyclone

Last Updated: 19/01/14 10:31am

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Hidden Cyclone (l) gives forlorn chase to Sire De Grugy

Hidden Cyclone (l) gives forlorn chase to Sire De Grugy

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Hidden Cyclone remains in contention for two races at the Cheltenham Festival in March following his second-placed finish at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Shark Hanlon is considering either the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase for the nine-year-old, who got to within 11 lengths of Sire De Grugy in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase.

The County Carlow handler said: "He's home and travelled back well.

"The winner could be exceptional, but I didn't think our horse jumped as well as he could've done.

"He was hanging the whole way and maybe he is better going the other way. He's also definitely better on better ground.

"We'll give him a bit of time off and get him ready for Cheltenham.

"It will either be the Queen Mother or the Ryanair for him, but we've not decided which race yet."

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