Navan: Hidden Cyclone breezes it
Hidden Cyclone was never out of second gear as he outclassed his three rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle to end his campaign in style at Navan yesterday.
John ‘Shark' Hanlon's six-year-old made it six wins from seven starts with the minimum of fuss in this 2m 7f heat. He will now have a break before being trained for a chasing campaign next winter.
Fists Of Fury tried to make a race of it but he was easily shrugged aside as Andrew McNamara eased the 4/11 shot 13 lengths clear.
“I was delighted with that. He jumped the way I wanted him to,” said Hanlon. “He really shouldn't have been here but for the way he jumped at Thurles last time.
“We've worked a lot with him at home to get his head right. Andrew said for the first time he behaved himself.”
Francis Flood's Wicklow Lad landed the featured novice handicap chase in grand style under Adrian Heskin, outstaying favourite and top weight Ad Idem on the run-in. The winner could next run in the Irish Grand National.
Kyle's Turn found reserves in the dying strides to snatch victory in the beginners' chase. Alain Cawley, who replaced the injured Davy Condon, got a good tune from the gelding as he stuck his head in front close home.
Pontiac made a bold bid from the front and had his rivals hard at work two from home. His advantage was eroded on the run to the line, however, with Kyle's Turn getting up to score by three-parts of a length. Mr Nosie just pipped the front-runner for second.
Paul Nolan enjoyed a near 141/1 treble at Limerick yesterday with Golden Sunbird, Aura About You and Politeo all striking gold.
The first two winners took the feature prizes in the hands of 7lb claimer Michael Doran, while seasoned pro Davy Russell was on board Politeo.
Doran was not allowed to use his allowance in either of the two big races, but he did not need any extra help as he justified the faith of Nolan and owner of the pair James Mernagh.
Aura About You upset hot favourite For Bill in the ITBA Fillies Scheme EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase.
For Bill was never travelling like an odds-on shot as Gentle Alice tried to make all the running, while Doran produced the 6/1 shot to jump into the lead at the last. She ran out a smooth winner of the Grade Three heat by three lengths from For Bill, with Gentle Alice third.
“That was a great ride from Michael. She jumps well and she'll go for the mares chase at Fairyhouse at Easter,” said Nolan's brother and assistant James.
Golden Sunbird (8/1) also denied a hotpot, Dare To Doubt, in the Kerry Group EBF Mares Novice Hurdle. The pair pulled clear of the others before the straight, where Doran asked his mount for maximum effort. She responded and was 18 lengths ahead at the line. Definite Class got up to snatch second spot.
A memorable day for the absent trainer was completed when 5/4 favourite Politeo took the novice chase by nine lengths in the colours of the Gigginstown House Stud.