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Hanlon hails his Hidden gem

John 'Shark' Hanlon believes Hidden Cyclone could be Cheltenham Gold Cup material in 2013.

The County Carlow trainer already describes the six-year-old as the best horse he will ever have, and is mapping out a long-term programme.

Winner of five of his six hurdles races last term, Hidden Cyclone is to go novice chasing this season and the Cheltenham Festival is the goal, with just three races before then.

"He ran seven times last year, won six and got beat once in Leopardstown by First Lieutenant, who went on to win at Cheltenham," Hanlon told At The Races.

"He was such a baby last year so I didn't go near Cheltenham with him because of that. He's only just come back in now. The aim will probably be for Leopardstown at Christmas.

"I didn't want to have him in too early as Cheltenham is in the back of our minds this time for him in March. He's going chasing and will start off with a beginners race at Leopardstown over Christmas or one before that.

"He's a very exciting horse, probably the best I'll ever have. When you get a horse like him you have to try and mind him.

"Four runs will be the most he'll have this year. He'll go back out after March and I'd be hoping he'll be a Gold Cup horse the following year. When you have a good horse, you have to make a plan."


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