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John Quinn: Could have another live Triumph contender on his hands
John Quinn believes Hidden Justice could be a lively outsider for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after he secured his second win over obstacles on a good card at Catterick.
Having shown a decent level of ability on the Flat last summer when trained by Amanda Perrett, John Quinn was happy to stump up 30,000 guineas for the son of Lawman at October's Tattersalls sale and that is already looking money well spent.
The four-year-old beat a subsequent winner by 15 lengths on his hurdling bow at Wetherby in December and was a 4-5 favourite to follow up in Catterick's BHEST Racing To School Juvenile Hurdle.
Despite conceding weight to each of his eight rivals, Hidden Justice was always travelling powerfully in the hands of Dougie Costello and picked up well after the final flight to beat the well backed Deepsand by five lengths.
Sky Bet and William Hill make the winner 20-1 for the Triumph Hurdle, with Ladbrokes 12s from 16s, and Quinn feels he could be a genuine player at Cheltenham, particularly if the ground comes up testing.
Quinn, who saddled Countrywide Flame to win last year's Triumph, said: "I'm well pleased. He can only win and Catterick wouldn't really be his track, but he was ready to run and we wanted to get some more experience into him.
"We'll definitely look towards the Triumph now. He's a horse who stays well and if the ground came up soft or softer then I think he'd have a real sporting chance. He handles better ground, as he showed today, but I think if it did come up soft that would give him an advantage as he handles it better than most.
"He's a horse who is quite easy on himself at home, so if he comes out of today well we might look at the Victor Ludorum at Haydock (February 16) for him and then go to Cheltenham after that. I doubt he'll have an entry in the Fred Winter. There is only one Triumph Hurdle."